Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Most of the principals in Kandy Stroud's new book. "How Jimmy Won," weren't at the reception held in her honor Tuesday by Jayne and Frank Ikard, president of the American Petroleum Institute.
Nevertheless, the house was crowded with guests who had come to congratulate Stroud, a former Women's Wear Daily Washington reporter who covered the Carter campaign.
Lawrence Hughes, however, co-host of the party and president of Morrow Publishing which published Stroud's book, almost didn't make the affair.
He and his wife had walked several blocks from the Washington Hilton, but failed to find the Ikard's Kalorama Square townhouse. "We finally hailed a cab - full of other Morrow people - which was just as lost as we were." said Hughes.
But they finally arrived, along with nearly 100 other guests including Action Deputy Director Mary King, Special Presidential Assistant Peter Borne, the Smith Bagleys, actor Lorne Green and Iranian Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi, Egyptian Ambassador Asharf A. Ghorbal and Pakistanian Ambassador Sahahzada Yaqub-Khan.
The ambassadorial triumvirate was a focus for attention after their participation last week in negotiating the release of the hostages held by the Hamafi gunmen. One guest, Sidney Zotnick exempty asked Zahedi to help free him from the crowd.
When Zotnick's wife, Evelyn, was asked whether she had read the book which was [WORD ILLEGIBLE] about on tables on the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] first floor, she said, "Who has time to read books. In this town, you are resume illiterate."
One fan thought was busily reading away in the must of all the chatter. Brooke Stroud, the author's 7-year-old daughter, calmly read and reread the section devoted to her exchanges with candidate Jimmy Carter during the campaign.
On a flight from Chicago to Washington, Brooke asked Carter about his working habits, why he read so many newspapers, and whether he was going to President. Carter told her he was and that she could come over and play with his daughter, Amy.
Two principals in the book who did show up were Betty and John Pope of Americus, Ga., fresh from a private tour of the White House conducted by First Lady Rosalyn Carter, Pope, who built the Carter's home in Plains, Ga., and is described by Stroud as one of the President's closest friends," said Stroud's book never did reach the Carters although one had been sent. It never got past the Secret Service who returned it to sender.