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A Feb. 5 Names & Faces item on an Evite e-mail invitation to Michael Saylor's birthday party was based on a copy of the invitation that had been partially forged before it was sent to The Post. The original Evite from MicroStrategy's chief executive said the party will be "exotic, mysterious and ebullient," but it did not say "erotic." It said "Think 'Alias' (the TV show), but sexier" but did not include "much sexier," as was reported. The original also specified "cocktail dresses" but did not say "the shorter the better." And, the original did not end with -- or even contain -- the words "no one leaves alone." Nor was there anything in the original invitation unfit for a family newspaper. The birthday celebration involved dinner and dancing at the Ortanique restaurant for about 200 guests.


Saturday, February 5, 2005; Page C03

Mrs. Bush's Model Act

It's safe to say that the first lady was seeing red yesterday. Red dresses anyway. Laura Bush walked in the Red Dress Collection 2005 Show at New York's Fashion Week in Bryant Park with Oscar de la Renta on one arm and Carolina Herrera on the other, reports The Post's Robin Givhan.

The fashion show, dubbed "The Heart Truth," was held to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease, a pet cause of Mrs. Bush. Celebs such as Vanessa Williams, Sheryl Crow, Venus Williams, Phylicia Rashad, Paula Abdul, Sarah Ferguson and presidential niece and model Lauren Bush strutted their stuff on the catwalk in designs by Michael Kors, Zac Posen, de la Renta, Herrera and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.

First lady Laura Bush joins, from left, Oscar de la Renta, Maria Perez Arzon and Carolina Herrera before the show. (Diane Bondareff -- AP)

Saylor's Macro-Party

Now here's a name we haven't seen in a while: Michael Saylor.

It looks like the playboy techie millionaire -- famed for his gigantic ego and for the fact that shares of his company, MicroStrategy Inc., dropped $11.1 billion in value in a single day in March 2000 -- is up to his old antics again. He turned the Big Four-Oh yesterday and naturally celebrated with a gigantic party. Typically Saylor parties are major blowouts with ice luges and Cristal champagne -- almost P. Diddy-esque in extravagance. And based on the Evite sent to a lucky group of undisclosed peeps, last night was no different. What did Saylor want for his birthday? If the Evite's any clue, mandated sexiness!

"Yes, it will be exotic, erotic, mysterious, and ebullient," the Evite states before delving into microstrategic detail on the required dress code for the evening. "Think 'Alias' (the TV show), but sexier . . . much sexier," it reads. For gals it was "cocktail dresses (the shorter the better)" with choice of wig, hair extensions, face paint or a very sexy mask. Men got the usual "creative black tie" along with a toy, trick, game or joke that women would find, well, we'll stick with the word amusing as this is a family newspaper.

The Evite doesn't say where the locale was (though we heard Ortanique), but the last words were: "No one leaves alone." We wanted to ask Saylor if the Nicole Kidman/Tom Cruise thriller "Eyes Wide Shut" was the inspiration for his party, but sadly he didn't return our call or e-mail.

Bob Dole's Feeling Fine

Bob Dole update: The 81-year-old is fine and well and has a new ending for his upcoming book, "One Soldier's Story," after his 22-day stay in Walter Reed Army Medical Center, recuperating from a near fatal fall in mid-January.

"My book is about recovery and rehab for five years after World War II," Dole describes to U.S. News & World Report's Paul Bedard. "Almost 60 years to the date I was wounded, I get all this stuff where I can't feed myself, I can't walk. Talk about irony. I end up coming full circle, back in the hospital." We hope he can now close that chapter.

Noted . . .

Oscar nominee Clint Eastwood is in tip-top fightin' form. He spills to LesleyStahl on CBS's "Sunday Morning": "I still work out on a daily basis, and I like it. In 'Million Dollar Baby,' it was great, because we had a gym. . . . Everybody at noontime would see . . . who could do the most dips on the dip bar, you know. I did the most. And at 74, I could still do 30 of them, so that wasn't too bad." . . . We dare you to guess what Tiger Woods is describing in this quote to People mag: "It has a satellite radio, a CD player and a bunch of speakers on it. Got the neon running lights underneath. I'm thinking about one day putting hydraulics on it." Oh c'mon, guys -- it's his golf cart!

. . . and Quoted

"I'm not getting tied down in any relationship. I don't have casual flings, either."

-- Mariah Carey's perplexing description of her love life, to Blender mag.

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder

from staff and wire reports

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