Well, forgive and forget, we say. Sure, they left town under less than glorious circumstances, but the Washington Senators and Richard Nixon were back recently giving their all for the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs -- in a manner of speaking. We're talking about the 1970 game-day program signed by the Senators' "No. 1 fan" that brought $150 on the benefit block, proving once again that Washington raises money in wonderful ways.
Ten more examples from the amazing array of items auctioned for charity this year:
1. A picnic breakfast for six, plus tour, in the Great Ape House, raising $230 for Zoofari, the benefit auction of the Friends of the National Zoo.
2. A luncheon hobnob for four with writer Rudy Maxa at Joe and Mo's, plus a subscription to Washingtonian -- $160 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
3. Having a fictitious character bear your name in an Art Buchwald column -- $550 for Jubilee Housing.
4. An Andy Warhol print of Sen. Ted Kennedy -- $3,200 for the National Democratic Institute.
5. A doodle by former attorney general Elliot Richardson featuring the scales of justice -- $110 for the Oratorio Society.
6. A two-week trip to Antarctica with National Geographic Society President Gilbert Grosvenor -- $14,400 for the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf.
7. Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder's old tennis racket -- $175 for the police clubs.
8. A political football, signed "HUD 1, HUD 2," etc. by player-turned-pol Jack Kemp -- $105 for the police clubs.
9. A jersey worn by 49er quarterback Joe Montana -- $700 for the police clubs.
10. A Dallas Cowboys pennant signed by Coach Jimmy Johnson -- $6 for the police clubs.