The Source of a Drink
As news spread yesterday that former FBI big banana W. Mark Felt was indeed Deep Throat, the Ritz-Carlton Washington thought you should drink to it with a "Deep Throat."
So we bit: What's in the drink?
"Creme de cacao, vodka and cream," the drink's creator, assistant food and beverage director Ian McPhee, confided to us yesterday. "But then there's a little secret inside the drink. But here at the Ritz-Carlton, we don't kiss and tell."
We wait and . . .
"It's actually a little Hershey kiss. But you don't see it until you're halfway through the drink -- or until you get to the bottom of it."
Rumsfeld Sidesteps a Leak
He was counselor to the president under Richard Nixon, so we were dying to know what Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld thought about an FBI guy being Deep Throat. And, of course, he was asked yesterday during a Pentagon news conference. His reply: "I think any time any wrongdoing occurs, I think it's important that wrongdoing be reported. Now who one reports that to -- the authorities is one thing, or somebody else is another." But, he added, "I'm not in any judgmental mood."
Neil Armstrong Gets Clipped
Neil Armstrong wants his hair back -- or else.
The first man to walk on the moon is threatening to sue a barbershop owner who collected Armstrong's hair after a trim and sold it to a collector for $3,000.
Armstrong used to get his hair cut at Marx's Barber Shop in Lebanon, Ohio, until he learned that Marx Sizemore had collected his clippings from the floor and sold them last year.
"I didn't deny it or anything," Sizemore said. He said Armstrong asked him to retrieve the hair, but the buyer refused, and "then I got this letter from his lawyer."
The letter, which contends that the sale violated an Ohio law protecting the rights of famous people, threatens legal action if Sizemore does not return the hair or contribute his profit to charity. It also asks Sizemore to pay Armstrong's legal expenses. Sizemore said he's already spent most of the money on bills and won't agree to the requests.
Armstrong's lawyer, Ross Wales of Cincinnati, did not return a call seeking comment.
Sizemore said he sold the hair to John Reznikoff of Westport, Conn., who is listed by Guinness World Records as having the largest collection of hair from historical celebrities. The collection, insured for $1 million, includes hair from Abraham Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein and Napoleon.
50 Cent Ups the Ante
Rapper 50 Cent has decided to go after dollars, suing three video production companies for allegedly using footage from an interview without honoring an agreement to make a charitable donation.
The 28-year-old, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, alleges that he agreed to an interview with Czar Entertainment about Kelvin Martin, a 1980s criminal who went by the street name 50 Cent. He says the free interview was to be used for a video series called "Infamous Times." In return, the company agreed to donate money to Martin's family or to 50 Cent's charity, the G-Unity Foundation, according to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
But the lawsuit contends that Czar Entertainment instead used the footage for a DVD called "The Original 50 Cent: The True Story of the Legend Who Inspired the Biggest Name in Rap."
Representatives at Czar Entertainment couldn't be reached yesterday.
50 Cent wants Czar Entertainment and co-defendants Vision Plant Pictures and Premo Pictures barred from selling the DVD. The lawsuit also seeks unspecified damages and any profits from the video.
The crooner of songs such as "Forever Young" and "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?," Rod Stewart, 60, is expecting his first child with his fiancee, model-photographer Penny Lancaster. Stewart already has five children with three other women.
-- Compiled by Clint Walker
from staff and wire reports