Spencer Christian & Noah Griffin - You Bet Your Life (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Noah Griffin

This event is to support The Phoenix Project of Marin, a program of Performing Stars, which guides at-risk males to develop the personal, social, and economic skills to become productive citizens.


Growing up poor and black in the rigidly segregated South, Spencer Christian relied on his family's solid work ethic, commitment to education, and Christian faith to carve a path to success and national visibility. As weatherman and co-host for ABC's Good Morning America, he thought he had everything -- a loving wife and children, a beautiful home, and a rewarding and remarkable career.

Yet, he was living a double life. For nearly 30 years, he was a compulsive gambler. By the time he found the courage to confront his dependence, he had lost millions, his home, his job -- and most important -- his family.

You Bet Your Life tells the roller-coaster story of Christian's rise to success and crash to rock bottom. It also details his rebounding, rebuilding, and recovering of hope and happiness. This gripping and transparent tale will amuse, shock, and inspire.

Spencer Christian is an Emmy Award-winning reporter best known for his thirteen years on Good Morning America where he covered the national weather reports in addition to traveling throughout the United States and abroad reporting on a wide range of topics. Since January 1999, Spencer Christian has been the weather forecaster on San Francisco's ABC7 News team.  In Baltimore, he won an Emmy Award for a special series of reports entitled "Does Anyone Here Speak English?" focusing on declining language skills among America's youth. Spencer was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in April 1993, and was named Virginian of the Year by the Virginia Press Association in July 1993. A longtime wine enthusiast, Spencer hosted Spencer Christian's Wine Cellar on HGTV and the Food Network from 1995 to 1999.

Noah Griffin is a journalist, poet and Cole Porter Society Founder.


51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925
You Bet Your Life: How I Survived Jim Crow Racism, Hurricane Chasing, and Gambling Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682616390
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Published: Post Hill Press - May 8th, 2018

The inspiring true story of a popular national broadcaster who thought he had it all--until he lost it.