NAMES & FACES

Tim Russert was the unwitting caller of a bingo game during his speech at Harvard.
Tim Russert was the unwitting caller of a bingo game during his speech at Harvard. (By Elise Amendola -- Associated Press)

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Tim Russert Carded at Harvard

Harvard students put their education to good use Wednesday in a rousing game of Tim Russert bingo during the "Meet the Press" moderator's Class Day speech.

Graduating seniors Max Brodsky and David Ferris told National Public Radio's Melissa Block that they had read that Russert uses at each graduation ceremony a modified version of his commencement speech about making the world a better place. The duo looked up the text, printed up bingo cards with key Russert phrases in each square and passed out the cards to 50 classmates before the event.

"We told people to mark off the square that [a particular phrase] was in," Brodsky said. "If they get five in a row, they can shout out, 'bingo!' And people did." The end note, "You have only 2,300 weeks before you'll be eligible for Social Security," was also used by Russert last month at American University.

Russert told The Post yesterday that he didn't hear about the game until the next day. "Nobody on the stage was aware of it," he said. The news anchor admits that the "basic theme" of his speeches are the same and says, "I think there is a virtue in consistency."

He added, "I consider it an enormous cultural achievement that I was able to get these young college students to play bingo."

Despite the speech's recycled nature, Brodsky told NPR that he still got something out of it: "I did find his speech to be inspiring, and I'm really glad that he came to speak."

Sounding Out the President

When opportunity knocks, move in. Yesterday's White House pool report noted that South Korean television sound men rattled President Bush during a joint news conference with South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun in the Oval Office.

During the conference, several members of Bush's Cabinet stood behind the press corps, which left a couch near Bush empty. The quick-thinking sound men, seizing the opportunity for a good angle, laid on the couch to the president's left and extended their boom mikes -- "apparently upsetting Bush's sense of decorum," the report said.

Bush delivered the remainder of his remarks in terse sentences. Hearst reporter Stewart Powell told The Post, "The Cabinet members peeked over the press to see what was going on, but no one stopped" them.

Hillary's Brother to Wed

Tony Rodham , brother of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), is expected to tie the knot with Megan Madden today in a hush-hush-hush ceremony at an undisclosed location in the Washington area. The Post's Roxanne Roberts reports that Clinton's office confirmed that the groom's sister and her husband, former pesident Bill Clinton, will attend but would provide no details.

This will be the second marriage for Rodham, who wed Nichole Boxer , daughter of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), at the White House in 1994. They divorced in 2000.

Stars in Their Eyes

Hilary Duff is spending her weekend in Washington. The 17-year-old singer-actress joined forces with members of Congress yesterday at a children's event to promote National Military Families Week. Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.) attended. "The kids are so excited," he said. "This is like an Elvis appearance."

Duff is also slotted to perform at tomorrow's Salute to the Troops gala at Ford's Theatre, along with actor-singer Jesse McCartney , actress Geena Davis and onetime "American Idol" contestant Joshua Gracin , among others. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy hosts. The event will air July 4 on ABC.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller from staff reports


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