Federal agents aren't the only ones who caught Eliot Spitzer on audio tape. So did we. Sort of.
Veteran CNBC producer Steve North has met a lot of people in his career. Back in 1981 he was working overnights at NBC Radio. He bought an answering machine (calling it "new-fangled") because he thought he could probably get more sleep during the day if he didn't have to answer the phone.
After colleague Jeffrey Lyons told him he often asked interviewees to record greetings for his machine, Steve started doing the same thing.
"One of my first was Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch of the West," Steve says. "After she died, I started running it once a year, when they broadcast 'Wizard' on TV; still one of my best."
"I have over 90, ranging from the great comedians -- Milton Berle, Henny Youngman, Jackie Mason -- to political figures (the range there is from the late Abbie Hoffman to Rev. Al Sharpton), to many of the hundreds of actors I've interviewed over the years -- Ron Howard, Henry Winkler..."