At Harvard, Torching Those Who Have Fallen From Grace

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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Those crazy kids in Cambridge must be skipping the lecture on Icarus, because there's a never-ending supply of high-flying alums who crash and burn. Now the editors of 02138 magazine -- the glossy chronicle of and for Harvard grads published by media mogul David Bradley -- have unveiled the inaugural "Harvard Hubris Hall of Fame" in the spring issue. But there's only one Washingtonian on the list: Paul Bremer (Class of '66).

It's not enough to be arrogant and insufferable, explained founder Bom Kim ('00). "You had to have fallen. Not just fallen, but fallen spectacularly." That means big success, lots of power and a self-inflicted fall from grace. "It can't be bad luck."

Bremer, the former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, made the 2007 list for "acting on his own imperial fiat" and is charged with "corruption, mild tyranny, bungling the peace in Iraq." Also included on the list of infamy: Enron's Jeff Skilling ('79), Cardinal Bernard Francis Law ('53) and plagiarist Kaavya Viswanathan ('08.)

The D.C. runners-up? Rep. William Jefferson, ('72), who despite bribery charges and $90,000 in cash in his freezer, was reelected and remains in office, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales ('82), who's already on the shortlist for next year.

"Yet another Top 10 list I've failed to make," Bradley told us yesterday. "I thought hubris was my strong suit."

Kanye Walks for Water, Because Dad Said So

It's unclear when Kanye West will next perform in the area, but fans can catch up with the College Dropout himself this Saturday when he stops by the U.N. "Water Day" rally in Lexington Park, Md. . . .

No, for real! How do we know? Because his dad promised!

Ray West, father of the multiplatinum-selling rapper-producer, is organizing the "Walk for Water" at Chancellor's Run Regional Park, to raise awareness about water-quality issues -- a cause very much in keeping with his new business, the Good Water Store and Cafe, which he opened in the Chesapeake Bay community late last year. The store specializes in beverages made with super-pure water, which he swears tastes better than what comes out of your tap. ("Brita is better than nothing," he allows.)

Kanye is expected to make a special trip to attend the store's official ribbon-cutting Friday evening and the walk on Saturday. Will he greet the public? Only those who walk, says Dad.

One Is the Loneliest Number? Try Zero.

Is the whole reality matchmaking thing over? Or are Washington's women just too savvy to hunt for soulmates alongside a dozen catty women and camera crew? Looks like D.C.'s bachelorettes aren't looking for love on all the wrong channels.

Women's Entertainment TV sent out a casting call for sophisticated "City Girls," looking for "the rugged and the real." The idea was to find single girlfriends, co-workers or sisters looking for a small-town "guy's guy," said casting producer Becky Cattie. But nobody -- not one woman -- showed up at Indebleu Monday night. Everybody got a boyfriend already? Yeah , right. Just too busy watching "Dancing With the Stars."

THIS JUST IN . . .

A Bahamian judge ordered a DNA test yesterday for Anna Nicole Smith's infant daughter, the Associated Press reports. Larry Birkhead, the photographer who has been challenging Smith's paramour/lawyer Howard K. Stern for paternity, jumped and pumped his fists in the air as he left the courtroom.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

Valerie Plame -- hey, she's still here! -- turning every head at Teatro Goldoni Monday night as she dined with construction magnate Gerry Sigal and wife Ellen. Richard Ben-Veniste, of the 9/11 Commission, joined the group for a drink, and banker Bob Pincus and wife Roxanne Little stopped by to say hi. But no sign of Joe Wilson, who has reportedly started moving the family out to New Mexico. Was this D.C.'s last glimpse of the Plame-Wilson parade? Eh, probably not.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

Valerie Plame -- hey, she's still here! -- turning every head at Teatro Goldoni Monday night as she dined with construction magnate Gerry Sigal and wife Ellen. Richard Ben-Veniste, of the 9/11 Commission, joined the group for a drink, and banker Bob Pincus and wife Roxanne Little stopped by to say hi. But no sign of Joe Wilson, who has reportedly started moving the family out to New Mexico. Was this D.C.'s last glimpse of the Plame-Wilson parade? Eh, probably not.


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