Short takes on a spectacular Easter weekend:
The last issue of the beautifully designed and widely admired New York Herald Tribune was published April 23, 1966. It was a loss to American journalism that is still felt almost 20 years later. Last Friday a group of Herald Tribune veterans gathered for a reunion dinner at the National Press Club that brought in its former editor, Jim Bellows, who was also an editor of the late Washington Star and is now a senior editor at ABC News. The evening was put together by Fred Farris, a former Herald Tribune news editor who is the only one still answering his work phone "Herald Tribune." Ferris is the U.S. editor of the International Herald Tribune, which is published in Paris and seven other cities throughout the world. Among the guests were two former Herald Tribune Washington Bureau chiefs, authors Robert J. Donovan, who has written two volumes on former President Harry S Truman, and David Wise, who is now writing thrillers; syndicated columnist Art Buchwald, who got his start at the Paris Herald; retired columnist Joseph Alsop; and NBC newsman Douglas Kiker . . .
sk,3 It has now become a well-worn story that President Reagan's former deputy chief of staff Michael Deaver has done right well now that he is in business for himself. In fact he has done so well as one of Washington's major influence peddlers that the upcoming Newsweek magazine says that although he has been in business less than a year, several PR companies are attempting to buy him out. He reportedly is seriously considering a bid of about $18 million from Saatchi & Saatchi, a British-based PR company. The offering price is about four times Michael Deaver & Associates' annual billings. Under the terms of the deal, Deaver would retain control of his own firm and would become vice chairman of the parent company. Not bad for a few years' investment in public service employment . . . sk,2
Lawyer/literary agent Ron Goldfarb has put together his latest book/television deal. He engineered the tie-in of foreign correspondent Stanley Karnow's book "Vietnam: A History" and the WGBH 11-part series on the book. He also worked out the deal for an upcoming book by Karnow on the Philippines published by Random House and sponsored on television by WNET. Warner Books will publish a "Washington Week in Review" book titled "Beyond Reagan: The Politics of Upheaval" next month coming from the public television show of the same name. This past weekend, Goldfarb and his partner Gail Ross sold a book for $85,000 to Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc. tentatively titled "Man and His Environment." The book will come out of an already-in-the-works, 12-part television series that will be seen on cable television through the Turner Broadcasting System and on public television via WETA. David Rains Wallace will write the book and will share the profits with Turner Broadcasting, WETA and the National Audubon Society . . .
Former auto maker John DeLorean has paid off the California lawyer who won his acquittal on the cocaine trafficking charges by transferring his $2.5 million California estate to the lawyer. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Irving approved the land transfer over the objections of David W. Allard Jr., a trustee for the bankrupt DeLorean Motor Co., who claimed giving the property to lawyer Howard Weitzman "was made with the specific intent to hinder, delay and defraud his DeLorean's creditors, including the trustee." The judge ruled that Allard had failed to prove the transaction was fraudulent or that the fee was excessive. In making his decision, Judge Irving did pay a tribute to Weitzman, who he said "pulled off the legal miracle of the century" in winning DeLorean his cocaine trafficking acquittal. Weitzman is presently defending Cathy Evelyn Smith, who has been charged with injecting comedian John Belushi with a fatal drug overdose . . .
Actor George Hamilton, who was often seen at parties thrown by ousted Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda, and who shows up in some of the Marcoses' home videotapes they left behind, has just sold his lavish Beverly Hills estate. He issued a statement denying that the former Philippine president and his wife owned the property or gained from the sale. Hamilton bought the former home of Charlie Chaplin for $1.2 million in April 1982. Then, 18 months later, according to Los Angeles County records, he used the home to secure a $4 million loan from Calno Holdings N.V., a Netherlands Antilles corporation known to be linked to close Marcos associates . . .
It looks as though actor Clint Eastwood is serious about becoming the full-time mayor of Carmel, Calif. He said at a news conference that "I won't retire, but I definitely will cut back on my workload . . . I plan to make this (the mayor's job) my top priority." But when one reporter asked if he would handle the job in his "make my day" attitude from "Dirty Harry," Eastwood's face was expressionless as he answered: "Just because acting has been my job, it doesn't mean I'm the person I play in the part" . . .