Just Filling Orders
* Some folks are upset about a Nov. 18 Internet auction featuring Adolf Hilter's monogrammed silverware. Great Gatsby's, an Atlanta-based auction house, is selling 126 pieces of the Fuehrer's eating utensils--each adorned with "A.H." and the German eagle--including teaspoon sets, coffeepots and even a martini shaker. "I could not help but be insulted," said Potomac economist Janet Rogozinski, who is steamed at Gatsby's because the parents of her husband, Jacques, are Holocaust survivors. The items are expected to fetch thousands of dollars apiece. Jay Kaiman, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Atlanta, told us: "Some of the people who are attracted to Nazi memorabilia are also attracted to Nazi ideology."
But auctioneer Ted Tzavaras defended the sale, which is being conducted on behalf of an anonymous Atlanta area couple who have kept the silver since a close relative liberated it from Nazi headquarters 54 years ago. "We're not condoning Hitler, for goodness' sake," Tzavaras said.
CAPTION: Hitler's silverware.
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Headline: A Coupla Minutes With Dubya
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* With his autobiography, "A Charge to Keep," coming out next week, Republican front-runner George W. Bush phoned us yesterday from Michigan. The idea was for Bush to share a cute anecdote from the book--for which publisher William Morrow, we hear, paid a $500,000 advance back when Bush's ghostwriter was supposed to be journeyman author Mickey Herskowitz. But Herskowitz bowed out after Bush decided he was "more comfortable" with having his book written by his communications director, Karen Hughes. "It could be a bestseller," Bush told us. From Morrow's point of view, it better be.
Anyway, here's his anecdote: "I was between junior and senior years in college and--hey, let me look in the book, I want to be accurate--I got a job at Sears, Roebuck on Main Street in Houston. I was selling sporting goods, and my first day I rang up more sales than anybody else in the store. So when I came into work the next day, another salesman took me aside and said, 'I appreciate your hard work, but I'm on commission and you're not--so if you don't mind, why don't you handle the small items.' So I ended up becoming the leading Ping-Pong ball salesman."
His anecdote shared, Bush tried to get off the phone, but we prevailed on him to stay and tell us what he thought of Vice President Gore going on Don Imus's radio show this week to mock Bush's inability to name foreign leaders. "I'm not very good on pop quizzes. I didn't hear what Gore had to say," Bush told us. "Did he have it all written down so he could read from a sheet of paper?"
Keith Sims's Movie Guide
The Source's resident film critic, Redskins offensive guard Keith Sims, took in some movies for us before heading up to Philadelphia to face the Eagles on Sunday. We present his assessments and football awards:
* "The Bone Collector": "Denzel Washington doesn't even get out of bed for the whole movie and he's just phenomenal playing a quadriplegic. The chemistry with his co-star, I can't remember her name"--Angelina Jolie--"was excellent. It's a little gory so don't go if you've got a light stomach. The only negative is that I was trying to figure out who the serial killer is but they don't give you any clues. Three footballs."
* "American Beauty": "I know it's critically acclaimed, I love Kevin Spacey, but I just didn't get it. I left the theater scratching my head and thinking, 'What in the world is everyone talking about?' I didn't understand the midlife crisis. I guess I just didn't grow up that way. In my neighborhood in Millington, New Jersey, I didn't know any fathers who were lusting after 16-year-old cheerleaders. One football."
* "Elmo in Grouchland": "Very disappointing for me and my kids," son Cairo, 3 1/2, and daughter Storm, 2. "It didn't hold their interest at all and I had to struggle to stay awake. Half a football."
* "The 13th Floor": "It's out on video. I watched it on my portable DVD player with the five-inch screen on the plane going to the Dallas game. It's amazingly good, similar to 'The Matrix,' and works more because of the idea and the story than the cast of no-name actors. Two footballs."
THIS JUST IN . . .
* "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl had a heated exchange with Vice President Gore Wednesday at campaign HQ in Nashville. Stahl was miffed that Gore didn't want her cameras in a strategy meeting. The veep was equally adamant that it wasn't going to happen. "If you bring in your camera crew to ask unpredictable questions of my staff, it will not be spontaneous," Gore insisted. "It's a lose-lose proposition." Stahl, who in the end was allowed to film Gore watching a new campaign ad, told us: "It was all very friendly--not hostile at all."
* When Oprah Winfrey asks, even Henry Kissinger says yes--especially if she sends her Gulfstream IV. Tuesday night, Oprah's jet whisked the former secretary of state from New York to Illinois, where he guest-lectured the Northwestern University business school class on leadership that Oprah teaches with fiance Stedman Graham. "She's very serious," Kissinger told us. "This was not a stunt."
* Redskins cornerback Darrell Green will be at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax tonight, when Christian Bernard Jewelers will give him a $5,000 check for his Youth Life Foundation, which helps out needy families in D.C.