Season Opener Is Packed With Pinstripes
What a day to play hooky! There were a lot of guys wearing dress shirts and ties at RFK yesterday -- their "afternoon appointment" was the Washington Nationals season opener. "All these people are here on business," joked former mayor Tony Williams, comfortably settled in Section 220.
Adrian Fenty brought dad Phil and twins Matthew and Andrew, 7, but insisted it was all in the line of duty. "Opening day for a mayor is part of the job description," he said with a grin. Other VIP fans spotted: George Will, Tim Russert, James Carville (with daughter Emma, 8), Chris Wallace, Bob Schieffer, Mark Russell, Ted Leonsis, Rep. Tom Davis and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and a posse of Hillary Clinton's staffers led by press sec Philippe Reines. "It's great!" said Wallace, who brushed aside predictions for a dismal season. "You're in first place on opening day." (Alas, no more.)
Originally scheduled for last night, the game was switched by Major League Baseball, at the request of the Lerner family, to accommodate Jewish fans celebrating Passover. Ted Lerner kept a typically low profile in the owner's box, but wife Annette (dressed head to toe in Nats red), daughters Debra Lerner Cohen and Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, and nine grandchildren began the day snapping pictures behind home plate.
Things went downhill after that: Giant foam-head Teddy Roosevelt lost his first president-mascot's race this season -- Teddy rode a zip-line from the top of RFK Stadium down the first base line, but was disqualified for "flying." And the game? The Nats lost, 9-2, to the Marlins.
At AFI Silver, an Arch Look at 'Broadcast News'
The irony was lost on no one at the AFI Silver Theatre Sunday night. There was Arch Campbell -- the Channel 7 film critic ungallantly axed by WRC after 32 years -- hosting a post-screening chat about "Broadcast News," the classic 1987 romantic comedy (Holly Hunter, William Hurt) set amid corporate ax-wielding in a TV newsroom.
So, Arch: Any similarities to real life? Campbell, who hosted the screening as part of an "Arch's favorites" series, chuckled knowingly. He recalled writer-director James L. Brooks taking notes at WRC and NBC's Washington bureau in the mid-'80s, resulting in scenes like Joan Cusack racing through the newsroom to get a videotape on the air -- hilarious and "pretty accurate," Campbell said, though those days are gone, of course, now that everything's digital. In all, he took the high road.
"I have these dreams that I'm showing up to work at WRC and I'm about to go on the air, and suddenly I realize, 'Wait, I work at WJLA now,' " he said. "I guess these are good dreams. I guess it means I've acclimated to the new place."
So much for our theory that Donald Trump's wrestling wager with WWE honcho Vince McMahon -- winner shaves loser's head -- was a face-saving gambit for the tycoon to shed his universally derided comb-over. In Sunday's much-hyped Detroit match, Trump's proxy, Bobby Lashley, pummeled McMahon's man, Umaga, and Trump took the shears to McMahon's scalp. Hmm. Maybe these things aren't rigged after all.