Hundreds brave cold to see 'rock star' Palin in Plano

The Fort Worth Star-TelegramDecember 4, 2009 

PALNO, Texas — Hundreds of people waited in line Friday for the chance to see former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at Legacy Books.

Braving near-freezing temperatures, many started lining up at 3 a.m. after waiting in a nearby parking garage for hours.

"I wanted to see the rock star of the Republican Party," said Michelle McCormick of Fort Worth, who was second in line.

The buzz at mid-morning was that Palin would address the enthusiastic crowd when she arrived, but instead, the former Alaska governor posed for pictures and got down to the business of signing copies of her book, Going Rogue.

The 1,000 available tickets to the book signing sold out in two days, and some tried to scalp them on the Internet for up to $500.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate is scheduled to sign until 2 p.m. at Legacy Books in Plano, 7300 Dallas Parkway at Legacy Drive.

Thousands of fans have turned out for her book signings in other states. Some even camped overnight outside the stores. At an Arizona book signing, the first person in line waited for 27 hours.

On Craigslist, tickets were being offered Thursday afternoon for $250 or $500 — or in one case, "the best offer."

Kyle Hall, director of marketing and events for the bookstore, said he heard that tickets were being scalped shortly after they were bought for $28.99, the retail price of the book, plus tax.

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