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The View From the Cheap Seats at the ‘Time 100’

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Judging from the seating assignments at last night's Time 100 dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center, we have determined that it is the sad fate of former "Influentials" (and current science honorees) to be relegated to the nosebleed seats with the journalists and advertising executives. We were seated with speed skater Joey Cheek, an Olympic gold-medalist honored at last year's event, who was kind enough to joke about his seat placement for the record. You just made a joke about being a has-been. No, no, no. I'm very tongue-in-cheek about that. I made it onto the slideshow they're projecting up on the wall tonight, so I guess I still make the cut. Do you wear your commemorative Time 100 pin around the house just to remind yourself that you were once an Influential? It's kind of the same principle as Olympic medals. It's a little-known secret that in the Olympic Village people are always saying, "Hey, put your medal on." But no one will. You know you have it. Everybody else knows you have it. So it's pretty lame to be the dude who walks around with his medal on in his underwear in his house.

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