TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Couple's on-air wedding, Savannah's inspiration

Nov. 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM ET

Mike Tyson credits therapy, Shanel Manzano gets married at 9:10 on 11-12-13 and Savannah shares her inspiration.
Mike Tyson credits therapy, Shanel Manzano gets married at 9:10 on 11-12-13 and Savannah shares her inspiration.

1. As part of this week’s #InspiredBy series, Savannah shared who’s had the biggest impact on her life: her late Uncle Pierce, who had Down syndrome.

“When you love somebody who has a disability,” she explained, “it's instant perspective about how to make life wonderful even when you've been given incredible difficulties.” 

Video: Savannah Guthrie, along with her mom and sister, talks about her choice for TODAY’s #InspiredBy series: Her late Uncle Pierce, a beloved family member with Down syndrome who brightened the lives of everyone he met.

2. This morning marked Willie’s one-year anniversary with the TODAY family, and to celebrate the milestone, Natalie wrote a wonderful piece for “How Willie Geist changed my life in 1 year.”

Video: It’s the 1-year anniversary of Willie Geist joining TODAY, and to mark the occasion, the anchors take a look back at some of the most memorable moments from his first 12 months on the job.

3. Did you notice today’s date is 11/12/13? Shanel Manzano and Elliot Bryant did. The two self-professed “math geeks” chose the date to get married, and did so at 9:10 a.m. live on air.

Get it? At 9:10 on 11/12/13? Watch the punctual ceremony below:

Video: Elliot Bryant and Shanel Manzano get married live on TODAY in Studio 1A at a special time on a special date as couples around the country rush to wed at the same lucky moment.

4. “I feel like a schmuck,’’ Mike Tyson confessed this morning.

The former heavyweight champ told Willie he now regrets how the pursuit of fame made him act outside the ring. “I feel like ‘el schmucko.’ For instance, I didn’t choose being a fighter; it chose me. Somebody told me, ‘Hey this is what you’re gonna do, you’re good at this.’

Also, he met Shirley MacLaine in the Orange Room before his interview – and they became best friends.

Video: Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, who has a new autobiography titled “The Undisputed Truth,” sits down with TODAY’s Willie Geist for a candid discussion about his life, in which he acknowledges that he had troubled relationships with women.

5. Hoda joined Savannah in sharing stories of the person (or in this case, people) she’s #InspiredBy.

She met Ken Duane, who convinced to share her cancer experience with others, on a flight. She was introduced to Jill Conley, who has inspired Hoda with her positive attitude in the face of a terminal cancer diagnosis, at a gala supporting breast cancer awareness.

“I decided to pick people who any one of us could have met, but if you turned right instead of turning left, you would have missed them,’’ Hoda said. “After a chance meeting, I truly hit the brakes and said, ‘Today is a game-changer in my life.’”

Video: Hoda Kotb profiles two people for TODAY’s “Inspired By” series, both of whom changed her life after chance meetings. Ken Duane, a fellow airline passenger, encouraged Hoda to share her breast cancer story with the world, and Jill Conley, a woman with breast cancer, has inspired Hoda to find happiness in learning to love what she has.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway! Watch more clips from the broadcast.