- The Washington Times - Friday, April 26, 2002

Staying in school

"Not to be outdone by the EPA," weighs in Tim Kauffman about an Environmental Protection Agency memo surrounding Take Our Daughters to Work Day, "consider this NASA Headquarters memo, which says: 'Boys are not excluded from this program. However, we have chosen to retain the title of the nationally designed program, which is sponsored by the Ms. Foundation for Women.'"

Says Mr. Kauffman: "Can you imagine me telling my son, 'Are you excited about Take Our Daughters to Work Day, son? Make sure you tell all your school friends where you'll be today.' Yeah, right."

POW to citizen

We've just finished reading "Citizen McCain" (Simon & Schuster, May 13), by Washington author Elizabeth Drew. Its contents are so current they include the recent final passage and presidential stamp of approval of Sen. John McCain's hard-fought campaign finance reform bill.

Up until the final votes were cast, says Mr. McCain, he tried to hold his emotions in check, never once "confident" of the bill's passage, only "hopeful."

"I learned from prison, you don't go too far high because then you go down," explains the Arizona Republican and 2000 presidential aspirant. "While I was in prison, in 1968, LBJ stopped bombing in North Vietnam, and a peace conference was convened in Paris. All of us all of us were very high. The ensuing months and years taught us otherwise.

"Never get too happy or too depressed," he says. "I try to maintain a tight rein on my emotions when in difficulty ever since."

Still single

It's fine for a Hollywood star to sound goofy on national television. But not the president of a Washington political consulting and public affairs firm.

Our story begins on the set of ABC's "Politically Incorrect," where host Bill Maher's guests this week included Washington PR consultant Cheri Jacobus and actress Diane Ladd. Discussing the arrest of actor Robert Blake for the murder of his wife, the panel wondered whether husbands and wives ever secretly desire to kill their spouses.

Here's how the show's official transcript appeared yesterday:

"Diane: 'What about divorce? Why don't they just get divorced and let that person ?'

"Bill: 'Because it's so hard to get divorced.'

"Cheri: 'Bill, I've been divorced twice in my life, and I am now the wrong person for this conversation 'cause I got married three years ago, and I've got one of the greatest men on the planet. And I am so happy, and he's great, and I love you, Robert.'"

Wow, Cheri, tell us how you really feel.

"I've never been married," she told this column yesterday. "I've never been divorced."

The transcript writer obviously confused the conservative and unmarried Washington PR consultant with the exuberant and thrice-married Hollywood starlet.

Miss Jacobus said matters aren't helped by the fact that the controversial show no longer airs in Washington it was pulled indefinitely in this and several other U.S. markets after the acerbic Mr. Maher, days after September 11, described the U.S. military as "cowardly" because "then the transcripts would not carry the same weight. You get to see the real thing."

Latest draft

Is that Washington malpractice lawyer Jack Olender strutting around in a Washington Wizards jersey?

The April issue of Washingtonian lists the "75 Best Lawyers" in town, including Robert Bennett, Plato Cacheris, Thomas Green, David Kendall, Abbe Lowell, Earl Silbert, Kenneth Starr, Brendan Sullivan and Richard Ben-Veniste.

Also on the list is the "medical malpractice wizard."

Reached yesterday, Mr. Olender told us he's since obtained "more appropriate attire to wear in the office while practicing my wizardry." In fact, he altered a Michael Jordan No. 23 jersey, printing "Malpractice" on the shirt.

America's pastime

We mentioned in passing yesterday that baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson grew up as a next-door neighbor to Wesley Pruden, the editor in chief of The Washington Times, on Dennison Street in Little Rock, Ark.

Weren't we surprised, then, to hear throughout the day from Mr. Robinson's obviously still quite active fan club.

"I was unaware that Wes Pruden lived next door to Brooks," writes Ron Kurtz of Spring, Texas, "but thought you might find it interesting that I have read where Brooks was a paper delivery boy in Little Rock and had the great Bill Dickey as a customer. Small world."

In fact, we have it on good authority that the young Brooksie practiced his aim tossing the newspaper on the doorstep of William Malcolm Dickey, who caught in no fewer than eight World Series for the New York Yankees.

A Hall of Famer himself, Mr. Dickey died in Little Rock in 1993 at age 86. Said to be the greatest catcher of all time, not a single ball got past him during the entire 1931 season. And not many more than that ever got past Brooks Robinson, regarded by many as the greatest third baseman of all. Something in the water down there.

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