"I've been told in several circles that this story is going around," former Boston television sportscaster Barbara Borin said last week, "but all I can say at this time is that Sen. [Edward M.] Kennedy is a good friend."
"I'm divorced; he's in the process of getting a divorce," she said. "I want to protect his privacy and my privacy . . . that's the way it is."
Borin refused to confirm or deny reports from Massachusetts political sources that she has been "seeing" Ted Kennedy, except to explain that she is "in Washington fairly often" these days in her current job as chairman of the board of directors for the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts.
Robert Shrum, Kennedy's press secretary, said the senator isn't "seeing or dating Borin. It's absolutely, categorically false and untrue. . . . The senator has not seen her [Borin] since a fund-raiser in Maine last winter when she was one of several hundred people in a room."
But a Kennedy family friend and a political associate have said they have seen the couple together recently.
Borin, 32, who once worked for Boston television station WNAC, the CBS affiliate, gained what she described as a "kind of notoriety" when she sued to get into male atheletes' locker rooms along with men reporters while covering sports events.
The controversy began in October 1973 when she insisted that she needed access to the New England Patriots' dressing room in order to do her job. At the time she told the Boston Globe, "I have to conduct my interviews in the players' parking lot and that puts me an hour behind my competitors." Her drive was labeled by the Boston press a "crusade for news-gathering rights." She had only been with the station one year and was 24 years old at the time.
Borin, who was married eight years, left Boston in 1976. Her former husband is Walter Dunfey of the Dunfey Hotels chain, and is a part owner of the Shoreham Hotel in Washington; his family also owns the famous Parker House Hotel in Boston.
"Our family -- or rather my ex-husband's family -- has been allied politically with the Kennedy family for years," she says.
Borin, who moved to New Hampshire after she married Dunfey, was one of several of Boston's former TV personalities and actors who tried; out for a small speaking part in 1977 for the Joanne Woodward film "See How She Runs," which was filmed in Boston.
She now volunteers for a public television station in Durham, N.H., where she narrates specials and helps raise money, according to a spokesman for the station, WENH.
Buried in a tiny mention in the paid public notices section of the Fauquier County Democrat last week was a legal proceeding that could open up a Pandora's box of new information on Edwin P. Wilson, the former CIA operative who fled the country to avoid prosecution on conspiracy charges in connection with the operation of a training school for terrorists in Libya.
Wilson's wife, Barbara, has advertised as required by Virginia law that she is the complainant in a divorce action against her fugitive husband, whose address is listed only as "Libya" in the proceedings. The suit was filed June 17 in the Fauguier County Circuit Court. The grounds for the divorce are that the couple has been separated since 1979.
Since he left the United States, Wilson, according to law enforcement sources, has been traveling with a female companion who once worked for him in Washington.
Wilson or his lawyer must appear in court by Aug. 10, according to the publication notice.At stake in the divorce is the Wilson's property.
A financial report filed by Ed and Barbara Wilson obtained by The Washington Post shows that in 1976 they owned a 1,544 acre estate in Upperville assessed at almost $3 million, 21 acres in Vienna, Va. worth $320,000 and property in New Jersey. At that time, Wilson listed his annual income, as president and owner of Consultants International Inc., and from other consulting work, as $175,000 a year.