- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Out of thin air
Magic has occurred at the Wall.
Several weeks ago, visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial noted that 24 of the 68 halogen footlights that illuminate the Wall were not functioning. So the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the nonprofit organization that in 1982 built the Wall of inscribed war casualties, has been forced to hire an electrical contractor to repair and refurbish the lighting system.
As the work got under way last Friday, memorial founder Jan Scruggs was standing at the Wall when a gentleman, accompanied by his wife and the couple's grandchildren, strolled past. He was Michael Shanahan, chairman and CEO of Engineered Support Systems, Inc., of St. Louis.
Observing the activity, Mr. Shanahan approached Mr. Scruggs and asked about the repair. After Mr. Scruggs had finished explaining, Mr. Shanahan inquired how much the repair would cost. Mr. Scruggs responded "about $5,000," at which point Mr. Shanahan ran to his car and began writing a check.
Alan Greilsamer, director of communications for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, also was on hand and was able to snap a photograph of the astounded Mr. Scruggs receiving the generous check from Mr. Shanahan, who had shortly before emerged from a meeting with President Bush at the White House.

Erotic op-ed
A reader was curious Sunday when he spotted a Washington Post op-ed column in which one Philip D. Harvey argued that urging young people to save sex for marriage is "utterly unrealistic."
Mr. Harvey was described only as "a businessman and writer," which prompted the curious reader to do some checking.
Mr. Harvey is, indeed, a businessman the founder of Adam & Eve, a mail-order firm dealing in erotic materials. Along with fancy lingerie and what used to be euphemistically called "marital aids," Adam & Eve also sold magazines dealing with such topics as lesbianism, bondage and group sex. (The titles can't be printed in a family newspaper.) In 1986, state and federal agents raided the company's Carrboro, N.C., headquarters, but in a 1987 trial, Mr. Harvey was acquitted of obscenity charges.
And the Harvard-educated Mr. Harvey is, indeed, a writer as well. Last year, he published a book about his case called, "The Government vs. Erotica: The Siege of Adam & Eve," co-authored with ACLU President Nadine Strossen.
Republicans and Libertarians might be happy to know that Mr. Harvey, who resides in the Maryland suburbs, is one of them: In 1997, he gave $500 to the Libertarian National Committee, while in 1999, he gave $975 to the Republican Pro-Choice Political Action Committee.
Adam & Eve, now based in Hillsborough, N.C., sold $66 million worth of merchandise in 2000.

Patriot apprenticeships
That mysterious neighbor of yours who recently arrived from some far-off land might actually be helping U.S. authorities track down sleeper terrorists.
President Bush has signed into law a bill to give the Immigration and Naturalization Service permanent authorization to grant the admission of "S" visa non-immigrants into the United States. But there's a catch.
"S" visa non-immigrants are aliens who are admitted into the United States solely for the purpose of assisting law enforcement as informants in criminal cases. Such aliens, who have come to be called "noncitizen informants," are granted entry in exchange for their information and can become permanent residents only after certain conditions are met.

Zero tolerance
When the stewardess gave it a tug,
I complained that my seatbelt was "snug."
She said I'd regret
That insidious threat:
"Backwards, 'snug' spells 'guns,' you lug!"

F.R. Duplantier

Times and Heritage
Numerous anniversary galas are being held this month, not the least being The Washington Times' 20th anniversary celebration banquet, featuring a host of national dignitaries and lawmakers, remarks by author and radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger, and entertainment by country music performer Randy Travis.
And the Heritage Foundation is celebrating its own unique anniversary: The dynamic trio of Hugh Newton, Herb Berkowitz and Sheila Myles, who for 25 years have steered the think tank's public relations/communications division, have worked side-by-side for 30 years.
Mr. Newton launched the three-person team at the National Right to Work Committee in 1972, and all three moved to Heritage in 1977. Together, they built what the left-leaning Nation magazine dubbed "the Right's pre-eminent PR machine."

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