And Now a Few Words From Bonzo
California first lady Maria Shriver made an inscription Monday in the Book of Remembrance at the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, and according to a release from the governor's office, she wrote: "To Nancy -- We love you and we pray for you at this difficult time. To Patti, Ken and Michael -- Thank you for sharing your father with the country."
Within 10 minutes, the office e-mailed a revised transcript, correcting the name of Ronald Reagan's younger son to Ron.
Who goofed? "It was a transcription error in the press office," spokesman Rob McAndrews told us yesterday. "It was just a press monkey."
Hire enough of them and they'll eventually produce the works of Shakespeare!
At Kiehl's, Doing Their Part for the Foundation
* A benefit in a Kiehl's beauty products store attracts an interesting mix. You have your young, glam Georgetown types, your lobbyists, your occasional senator (John Breaux of Louisiana) and ambassador (Luis Alberto Moreno of Colombia) and, of course, your movie star -- in this case, Ashley Judd, who plays Cole Porter's ever-devoted, beautiful wife in the new biopic "De-Lovely," which screened here Monday night. Judd came to promote not just her movie but the YouthAIDS educational initiative, for which she is global ambassador.
"I got involved two years ago when I got a call from Bono," she told us, name-dropping U2's frequent emissary to Africa. She'll be raising awareness of the issue in Cambodia and Thailand for two weeks this summer, she said.
Scanning for other famous faces we suddenly noticed . . . that guy from "The Apprentice"? Had to ask: What was Bill Rancic doing here?
Without skipping a beat, he said earnestly: "I'm here for YouthAIDS." Swooners in too-tight pants flocked to meet Donald's Trump's reality show winner. (We should leave out the part when we saw Rancic actually autographing women's arms, but we won't.)
Judd and Mr. Apprentice had dinner with several others at Cafe Milano before the reception. "She's a really nice lady," Rancic, 32, told us.
He confessed that his love life is rather stale, now that he has a one-year, $250,000 contract and is trying to prove his real-life value to the real-estate mogul: "I wish I had more to report. It's quiet. I'm working my [butt] off. I'm in Donald Trump boot camp."
Man Out of Time: Elvis and Reagan, Through the Years
* Cognitive dissonance department: As fulsome Ronald Reagan tributes continue to engulf TV and radio chat shows, some hosts have taken to playing patriotic songs behind the Gipper's famous speeches. As her week-long tribute continued Tuesday, conservative talker Laura Ingraham offered listeners a subtle and poignant mix including Bob Dylan, Randy Travis, Eva Cassidy and Elvis Presley. Within the mix happened to be a 2002 Elvis Costello song, "Tart."
Turn back the clock 20 years, when saluting Reagan was less trendy, and Costello's sentiments weren't exactly fitting background music: "There's already one spaceman in the White House / What do you want another for?" he asked in 1984's "Peace in Our Time" -- referring to Democratic candidate John Glenn and President Reagan.
Five years later he viciously assailed Margaret Thatcher, a great Reagan ally, with the lyric, "when they finally put you in the ground / I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down."
Of course, hosts don't always select their music -- and we all make little miscues now and then. Anybody remember the S&L bailout?
For Reporters, Only One Place to Be
* Sure, our journalistic brethren and sistren are going all-out in their coverage of Ronald Reagan's death, but how does their interest compare with other media frenzies?
One benchmark is the number of official press credentials being requested to cover his funeral -- yesterday that hit 1,500. (But based on logistics, officials believe they'll have to cut that figure "significantly" to "ensure equitable coverage," Army Lt. Col. Michael Edrington told us.)
Other numbers (some estimated) over the years:
* Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's swearing-in: 630 credentials.
* The Iraq war: 500 "embedded" journalists and 1,445 "unilateral" correspondents.
* The 1996 Super Bowl: 2,356 credentials.
* The 1995 World Series: 1,029 credentials.
* Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration: 5,000.
* Reagan's 1985 inauguration: 4,500.
* Pope John Paul II's 1979 U.S. visit: 14,000.
This Date in Gossip
50 years ago:
Joseph McCarthy's credibility, which had steadily eroded during the televised Army-McCarthy hearings, was dealt a fatal blow at the conclusion when the senator attacked a young associate of Joseph N. Welch, chief attorney for the Army, as a member of "the legal arm of the Communist Party." In a response that became the talk of the nation, Welch faced McCarthy and said: "Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. . . . Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"
With Anne Schroeder