The Reliable Source column debuted 22 years ago today. (Though we swear it doesn’t look a day over 20).
Lois Romano, the reporter who penned it and is now a senior political reporter for Politico, recalls “jittery editors” worried about the launch. “The natural concern was whether we could pull off a column that was edgy but accurate.”
She credited generous colleagues — and rich subject matter like Hillary Clinton’s hair — for making it a go.
The debut column featured some enduring subjects — a Superbowl-bound Redskins team (sigh), Danny Glover coming off “a string of hot films” (hey, we wrote last week about the actor’s Washington connections!) and a certain former D.C. mayor printing business cards during his prison stay that read “Marion S. Barry, Jr., Political Prisoner.”
And the inaugural Reliable Source included a birth notice: Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger, born to model Jerry Hall and rocker Mick Jagger. Georgia’s all grown up, and now a model– you can spot her on the cover of British Vogue this month.
Kids — and gossip columns — grow up so fast.