August 14, 1996 |
Bob Grant, the rambunctious New York radio talk-show host, was defending the gold standard. Roger Hedgecock, a San Diego host, was debating with a woman who wanted to tax meat because it's so unhealthy. Neil Boron of Rochester, N.Y., told his audience he was dismayed because no speaker at the Republican National Convention had been assigned to forthrightly defend the platform's antiabortion plank. And if retired Gen. Colin Powell is "talking about ideological inclusion, I have a problem with that," he said.
September 3, 1995 |
On the record, say the people who run national political campaigns, all the Sunday morning talk shows are equal and they'd just as soon have their candidate on one as another. "I love 'em all," said one Republican operative with a laugh. Off the record, according to interviews with a half-dozen political spokesmen and impresarios, NBC's Meet the Press with Tim Russert is at the top of almost everyone's pecking order, even though it has smaller ratings than ABC's This Week With David Brinkley, the second choice for the pros.
June 22, 1995 |
Former presidential press secretary Dee Dee Myers lobbed a few bombs at the Republican Party yesterday morning during an $850-a-plate fund-raising breakfast at Garden State Park sponsored by the Camden County Democrat Committee. "They came in promising change, and in some ways they have - Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich are getting along," Myers said about the sometimes contentious relationship between Senate and House leaders of the new GOP congressional majority. "I think watching them shake hands is as convincing as watching Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley kiss.
May 15, 1995 |
Before Motown, there was Steeltown for the Jackson 5. A 1967 recording made by the singing brothers in their hometown of Gary, Ind., for Steeltown Records will be released this summer. The original was released only regionally, with an 8-year-old Michael Jackson singing lead vocals. Steeltown President Ben Brown found the master tapes in his house last year. Inverted Records of New York acquired the tapes and remastered them digitally. The first single, "Big Boy," will be released June 1, along with a video.
May 15, 1995 |
Carroll O'Connor says that drug use was rampant on the set of his long- running TV cop show, In the Heat of the Night, but that he was powerless to do anything about it. O'Connor - whose son, Hugh, killed himself in March following a history of drug abuse - said he "gathered together the heads of departments, and said, 'Boys, help me find out who's doing the using and who's doing the selling.' " O'Connor said no one paid much attention to his plea. "I think they were laughing at me," he said.
February 28, 1995 |
Staring the dragon in the eye, PBS tonight broadcasts Frontline: "Rush Limbaugh's America," examining the man and the phenomenon. Washington conservatives are taking dead aim at PBS, and you'd think Frontline would go digging dirt on, say, Hillary Rodham Clinton, not on the person who may be most responsible for the Republican majority. But PBS and Frontline are feisty little fellows, not about to turn away from issues of importance. And Rush Limbaugh is important. "You cannot underestimate, and you cannot overstate, the power of Rush Limbaugh," says Mary Matalin, campaign director for former President George Bush, who wooed Limbaugh's support away from Pat Buchanan in the 1992 presidential election by inviting Limbaugh to sleep over at the White House.
February 24, 1995 |
Kelsey Grammer, who hit 40 on Tuesday, isn't expected to appear at the New Jersey courtroom where a grand jury is considering whether to hit him with sexual assault charges. The prosecutor, who began a formal investigation yesterday, says that decision will be made on the "evidence in the case," not on who Grammer is. Meanwhile, life for "Frasier," a TV shrink, goes on big time. Grammer's real-life fiancee, Tammi Alexander, threw him a party - he made like a chef at the barbecue - at their L.A. digs on Saturday, even though her darling is accused of having sex with a teen-ager who is testifying.
November 23, 1993 |
Three days before the breakfast with national political reporters at which he said that Gov.-elect Christie Whitman's campaign had spent $500,000 to suppress black voter turnout, Republican consultant Ed Rollins made the same claim to two acquaintances. Those acquaintances' accounts could cast renewed doubt on Rollins' sworn explanation of why he made - and later recanted - the controversial remarks. On Nov. 6, four days after New Jersey's gubernatorial election, Rollins told Mary Matalin, a Republican consultant, that he "had paid off black ministers," Matalin said yesterday.
November 4, 1993 |
Could it be that after finally losing a big one - New Jersey - James Carville, the hard-knocking, face-eating Hannibal Lecter of Democratic politics, is actually becoming a wuss? Listen in on that Louisiana drawl, the morning after: "In a ham-and-egg breakfast, the chicken participates and the hog is committed," Gov. Florio's political strategist is saying. "For a long time in campaigns, I've been a hog. Now, I'm going to have a wife and I'm going to have to be a chicken in my work.
October 28, 1993 |
Marv Albert says his scheduled appearance on NBC's Today show to plug his book, I'd Love to But I Have a Game, was scotched Monday by Bryant Gumbel because the book's co-author, Rick Reilly, is on the host's clip list. Five years ago Reilly penned an unflattering profile of Gumbel for Sports Illustrated in which he wrote - among many things - that Gumbel's 68-year-old mother got nothing from her rich son, lived in a sweltering apartment and had to take the bus to her clerk's job because she couldn't afford a car. Albert quoted Gumbel as saying: "Nothing personal, but if Reilly is involved it's not something we're going to do. " Added the sportscaster: "He didn't sound angry, but I wasn't going to debate him. I'll be all over the place anyway.