Oprah may remember her first date with Roger more clearly because it's the
one that really paid off!
Naturally, Roger took Oprah to a movie on their first date, and then he treated her to dinner at the Hamburger Hamlet. Over dinner, Oprah told Roger that both King World and the ABC stations wanted to syndicate her local talk show, but she wasn't sure what to do.
Roger grabbed a Hamburger Hamlet napkin and started jotting down some numbers. First, he took his annual salary multiplied by two (because his co-critic at the time, Gene Siskel, made the same salary). Then, he multiplied that number by five since Oprah's show would be on five days a week. Finally, he doubled that number to reflect the hour timeframe, and then doubled it one last time because he was sure her show would be a huge hit!
He slid the napkin across the table
to show Oprah the final tally and she said, "Deal done!"