How Greenspan Showed Interest

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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Love secrets of the Maestro -- revealed! Ever wonder how Alan Greenspan managed to land a much younger babe like Andrea Mitchell? Now revving up the promotional machine for his new book, the former Fed chairman and his now-wife divulge in a "60 Minutes" interview, to air Sunday on CBS, how he got her back to his apartment after that first dinner date in 1984.

According to Mitchell, he told her he wanted "to show me an essay he had written."

"On what?" asks interviewer Lesley Stahl.

"Antitrust," says Mitchell. "Monopolies."

"On the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890," clarifies Greenspan.

"You know how to woo a girl," says Stahl.

"It worked," says Greenspan.

When Greenspan finally popped the question -- 13 years later -- Mitchell says he did so in "Fed-speak. Who knew he was proposing? I couldn't figure it out!"

D.C. A-Listers Who Were MIA for GQ

It was easy enough for GQ to name the "50 Most Powerful People in D.C.". . . but how many of them would attend the magazine's Monday night party in their honor? And who would be the highest-rated pooh-bah to cross the threshold at Cafe Milano (of course)?

"Leahy was here -- that gets us up to Number 18," said uberflack David Bass, eyeing the Vermont senator's placement on GQ's periodic table-style chart.

" Harry Reid is here!," said editor in chief/Greenbelt native Jim Nelson. "Or he's supposed to be here. So, Number 2."

Alas, only Reid's security guy showed -- and stood out front awkwardly for an hour until learning the RSVP'd Senate majority leader had had a change of plans. So the official Most Important People in the Room were tied-for-sixth super-lobbyists Bill Novelli and Billy Tauzin. In all, GQ snagged 20 of the 50, including Rahm Emanuel (No. 17), John Podesta (No. 22) and Dan Snyder (No. 31).

WANTED

(Louis Vuitton)
Have you seen the oh-so-exclusive Louis Vuitton Tribute Patchwork, this year's ultimate status bag? A local woman -- identity undisclosed -- dropped $52,500 this summer for the special-order, oversize tote created from 14 other sliced-and-stitched Vuitton purses. It's one of only five sold in North America and worth a look at the real thing before the K Street vendors start selling $29.99 knock-offs. We've loitered in Saks and Neimans, scanned backs of chairs at the Four Seasons -- but haven't glimpsed the purse yet. Help us at reliablesource@washpost.com.

LOVE, ETC.

Divorcing?: Televangelist Juanita Bynum and prominent D.C. minister Bishop Thomas Weeks III, according to court papers Bynum filed in Georgia Monday, though lawyers for Weeks said yesterday that he would contest the divorce. Weeks is facing charges that he beat and threatened to kill his wife outside an Atlanta hotel last month.

QUOTE

"Man, they were just trying to get ratings, and they knew she wasn't ready and they exploited her."

-- Kanye West, blaming MTV for Britney Spears's universally panned performance leading off Sunday's Video Music Awards. The 30-year-old rapper also griped to Sirius Satellite Radio yesterday that MTV should have picked him to open the show with his new single "Stronger."


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