February 5, 1989 |
It was raining. Gray clouds hung heavy in the sky like dirty bags of laundry. I sat at my desk and lit a cigar. That was breakfast. The most important meal of the day. I'm a reporter. It's my job to know what's going on. My paper's motto is: "If It Happens in the World, It's News to Us." The Chief called me into his office. "Kid," he said, for that is what they call me, "what story did I assign you two months ago?" I tried to think. "Was it a series?" I asked. "Potholes: Threat or Menace?"
October 17, 1993
Regarding the article on Georgette Mosbacher ("Hurricane Georgette," Sept. 22): It is after marrying three wealthy men twice her age that she now espouses financial independence for women. The only clue that Mrs. Mosbacher might be in the process of evolving into a truly independent person is her comment that unless you have financial resources of your own, you can't be free. Her advice to married women who wish to become financially independent is to hold back a few dollars out of the milk money.
May 21, 1990
GLOBAL REACH? The Drug Enforcement Administration is about to begin a major personnel shake-up designed to mollify critics who see its top brass as too short on practical experience and too prone to John Wayne-style tactics. The shuffle is timed to come just before the DEA steps up its overseas activities as part of the Bush Administration's rapidly widening war on drugs.
June 14, 1990 |
Detectives searched Wednesday for a robber armed with what appeared to be a submachine gun who held up Georgette Mosbacher, the wife of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Robert A. Mosbacher, as she stepped off an elevator on the 20th floor of a Manhattan hotel. Police said the gunman took Mosbacher's wedding band, watch and other jewelry plus $400 in cash, her passport and personal papers. A police spokesman estimated the total value of the jewelry seized at $30,000.
April 27, 1990 |
Georgette Mosbacher fills the role of beauty queen just fine. Dubbed "Big Red" by Women's Wear Daily, which records her every move in New York and Washington social circles (usually on the arm of her husband, Secretary of Commerce Robert Mosbacher), the statuesque redhead and CEO of La Prairie cosmetics is living proof that a cosmetics company can benefit from hands-on leadership. When Mosbacher works a sales counter, she's a star.
December 20, 1990 |
There was another press conference in Washington Wednesday morning. Yawn. A foundation gave money to renovate a gallery in one of the national museums. Snore. And there were speeches, smiles, handshakes and press kits. No, thank you. But six television cameras showed up. And four rows of reporters were there--pert, pens posed and in their seats. In what has to be one of the more brilliant publicity stunts in the history of the U.S.