- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 13, 2000

Sweet, Sweet Paula

Little Rock, as every rock star knows, is famous for more than Bill Clinton. Connie Hamzy of Little Rock is known to the stars as "Sweet, Sweet Connie," the most, well, the nicest of all the rock groupies. You never know who or what you'll find backstage.

Carrie Rengers of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette quotes "Judi Z," the Gardentown Gossip Goody for an Internet gardening site called Gardentown (usually with the lowdown about seed and insecticide and manure and stuff like that), telling all about the recent appearance in Little Rock by the rock group KISS. (Columnists quoting columnists quoting columnists is sometimes how we bring you the news.) "Judi Z" is quoting her husband, so you know it's authoritative:

"So, KISS played Little Rock last night. And down the backstage corridor comes this small woman, in a skintight leather miniskirt and a very low-cut blouse, toddling on high heels. Well, lots of women backstage at a KISS concert look like that, right? Well, when this one walked into the management office, Mr. Judi thought she looked kind of familiar. Then, he thought, she looked very familiar. She smiled at him and said, 'Hi, I'm Paula Jones.' Mr. Judi said, 'I know who you are.' 'You do?' exclaimed Mrs. Jones. Mr. Judi said, 'Yeah, you're more famous than KISS.' 'Aw, I am not,' said the notorious Mrs. Jones. And back and forth they went, chitchatting quite nicely …

"Now, Mr. Judi is not a subtle guy, he doesn't mince words, so he asked her, 'So, Paula, tell me the truth did you?' Ack-chally he specified what he meant, but this is a family site. And Mrs. Jones smiled broadly (pardon the pun) and said, 'He sure was one horny little toad.' "

Not soup

Public relations executive Kevin P. McVicker was reading this week that Reform Party presidential candidate Pat Buchanan would be addressing a rally of protesters outside the IMF. Mr. Buchanan was quoted as saying he's "got his turtle suit out in the kitchen."

"Well, I can vouch for Mr. Buchanan's compassion for turtles," Mr. McVicker, of Craig Shirley and Associates in Alexandria, Va., tells this column.

"I worked on Mr. Buchanan's '96 campaign. One day, as I was driving him home from a TV interview, he spotted a turtle in the middle of his street. He made sure I stopped and went around it and then instructed me to put him in the woods as I left."

Yang arrives

Jerry Yang, the founder of Internet communications giant Yahoo, came to Washington this week and was impressed with what he saw and we're not talking about monuments.

"I think that it's been interesting to see, even on Capitol Hill, everybody is putting an 'e' or a 'dot com' or an 'e' initiative in front of everything," says Mr. Yang, who launched Yahoo initially as a hobby. Last year's revenues were $228 million, with over 145 million users worldwide.

"And that really makes me realize that maybe this Internet thing … if it's getting into the nomenclature of the legislators, we've really arrived."

Grindler's grind

Gary G. Grindler doesn't have to worry about Elian Gonzalez anymore, at least not officially.

The former counselor to Attorney General Janet Reno has left the Justice Department and moved to Atlanta, becoming a partner in King & Spalding's litigation practice.

It was Mr. Grindler, you may recall, who appeared opposite independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr during one of the latter's rare appearances in court. Mr. Starr told a federal judge that there was "no authority, none, zero" under the law for Secret Service agents guarding President Clinton to refuse to testify in the Monica Lewinsky sex-and-lies grand jury investigation.

Mr. Grindler, presenting the government's case then as deputy assistant attorney general, argued that the "assassination of presidents" was at issue. He said requiring agents to appear before the grand jury would hinder their ability to provide the close-contact protection that is required.

The judge sided with Mr. Starr.

Happy Diversity Day

Treasury Department bureaucrats won't be getting a vacation day June 9, but Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers says that shouldn't halt the celebration.

"To emphasize the importance of diversity in the Department of the Treasury, I am declaring the second Friday in June as Diversity Day throughout the department," Mr. Summers informs his staff in a memo.

"On our first annual Diversity Day, June 9, 2000, I am asking that you actively engage in diversity activities," says the secretary. "I know I can count on each of you to honor and celebrate the diversity of the Department of the Treasury."

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