March 11, 1987 |
By far the biggest challenge to President Reagan and his future ability to lead the nation over the next two years was not the Tower commission report. It was being called "wimpish" and "helpless" by New York Times columnist William Safire, who suggested that the president has undergone a personality transplant from Rambo to Casper Milquetoast by "the political interference of his wife. " Nancy Reagan has come full circle in the eyes of her critics. During the first two years of the first term, Mrs. Reagan was derisively referred to as "Queen Nancy" for what was said to be her preoccupation with the trappings of wealth and privilege.
March 9, 1987 |
Not much has changed since 1914 when Woodrow Wilson's first wife, Ellen Axson Wilson, was taken to task in editorials for involving herself in men's concerns. Her crime was to publicly decry the condition of the slums in the capital. Similarly, Eleanor Roosevelt would probably feel a sense of deja vu were she to slip into Washington today. The press used to call her the "Assistant President" for her unseemly interest in the doings of the government her husband was heading. Those same political eyebrows were arched recently over reports that Nancy Reagan had the temerity to inject her opinion into White House staffing considerations.
November 11, 1986 |
The resignation last week of director Zoe Caldwell, mounting debts and delays in renovations have cast doubt on the entire 1987 season of the American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Conn., it was disclosed yesterday. Theater officials have stopped short of canceling the season, but they've put a hold on sending out promotional literature. Joseph Stavola, Stratford's economic development director, said the theater would not be able to make its year-end bankruptcy payment of $56,000, and in his opinion would not open at all next year.
February 10, 1986 |
The attractive blonde that Miami Vice mega-heartthrob Don Johnson had his eye on at the Super Bowl in New Orleans turned out to be none other than Walter Mondale's daughter, Eleanor. Johnson, who spotted her at a pregame party, was unaware of who she was or that her boyfriend was Keith Van Horne, an offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears. The TV star sent his makeup artist-bodyguard to ask her to dinner on his behalf, but she turned him down, according to People magazine. "My boyfriend is playing in the game tomorrow and I have to get all the sleep I can," said Mondale, who recently worked as a traffic reporter for radio station WMAQ in Chicago.