Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
She called herself "a housewife from a little town in Virginia." One of his Arizona colleagues called him "a short of cactus-county renaissance man."
Odd coupling though that might have seemed, the combination was a winning one, bringing out more than 500 admirers Thursday to the $100-a-plate Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Mayflower Hotel.
The "renaissance man," of course, was the senior senator from Arizona, the 1964 GOP presidential standard-bearer. Rep. John J. Rhodes (R-Ariz.) told the throng: "In your heart, you still know he was right."
The Virginia housewife was no surprise either, a gold satin-clad Elizabeth Taylor Warner, serving as dinner co-chairman and at one point quoting from Goethe.
It was all under the umbrella of the Charles Edison Memorial Youth Fund, a tax-exempt educational foundation created a decade ago in the name of a former governor of New Jersey.
"I can't tell you what an honor it is for me, a housewife." Taylor began, her voice tremulous, "a housewife from a little town in Virginia, to be your co-chairman tonight."
The crowd loved it, just as they had loved watching Taylor make her entrance earlier through the throng that included politicos (mostly Republican but some Democrats), socialists even Washington cave-dwellers.
"You can throw away your notebook," one cave-dweller, Luis Corea, a former vice president of Riggs Bank, told a reporter. "Everybody's here tonight."
Indeed, it seemed that "everybody" was. There was former Nixon administration attorney general Richard Kleindienst, who remembered Goldwater from the good old days back in 1948 when he was a Phoenix city council member of started the "progressive reform movement in Arizona."
Accompanying Taylor was her husband, John Warner who claimed he was taking "a night off" from his campaign to win Virginia's GOP U.S.Senate nomination. Spotting Virginia's Sen. Henry F. Byrd jr., the Independent (I'm not taking a part in the campaign," he said). Warner worked his way through the crowd.
"I'm not getting in any picture with Elizabeth Taylor," she said. "She can get between those two thorns."
There on the arm of her "ex" husband, Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr. (R-Calif.) was Susan Goldwater, a member of the funds board of directors who had come from Ohio to honor her former father-in-law.
"I said I hoped it wasn't ruining it for him with all his dates her here in town," she said. "He said that I wasn't."