THE DAY BEGINS with a swim and steam bath at the National Capital YMCA. Peter Feinberg of our law firm does a mile a day; I usually leave the pool panting after only 16 lengths -- a quarter mile.
At the office, I return a call to the Minority Business Development Agency to arrange a meeting on the final details of a major project of international trade and minority business enterprises which a client had proposed.
I seek the advice of former FCC chairman Fred Ford, who recently joined the firm, on a cable television project. I call the FCC broadcast license division to check on the status of an application for a client, Commodity News Services Inc. It wants to hook up its nationwide visual data transmission service to provide information on agricultural markets and commodity price quotations. A second call to the FCC regarding another application.
I go to the Bagatelle restaurant for lunch with a vice president of a major corporation to discuss terms of possible Washington representation and related matters.
Then it's to the Madison Hotel, where the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) is having its annual Washington conference. Since I was communications counsel for the AAAA in the FCC's children television advertising proceeding last year, I am anxious to attend the afternoon session which features FCC Chairman Mark Fowler and White House assistant David Gergen.
Because of the weekly broadcast attorneys' meeting at the firm, I leave the session early.
Jean and I attend the AAAA dinner, reception and tour at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. The dinner address is by Sen. Barry Goldwater on the impending AWACS vote in the Senate.
Because of an early breakfast at the White House with Mike Uhlman, now a special assistant to the president, I am unable to get in a swim. We discuss voting rights legislation, affirmative action proposals and the administration's telecommunications policies.
I work on an FM broadcast application for a new client. The preliminary draft completed, I rush to the AAAA luncheon to hear Health and Human Resources Secretary Richard Schweiker and renew acquaintances with several advertising agency representatives.
Back at my office, I have a final prefiling conference about last-minute details of the FM application. A call is made to the SBA to check on two pending matters for a client.
I go to the Prime Rib restaurant to meet Rep. Cardiss Collins. The only black member of the House subcommittee on telecommunications, she is a former chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus. We discuss communications matters before turning to the subject of congressional redistricting and black voter strategies in the political process.
I finally get to the YMCA for a swim and steam bath.
The first business at the office is a conference call with a client and his banker to negotiate financing for a broadcast station purchase. A call to FCC reveals the good news that an application for fulltime operation for a broadcast client has been granted. I call him and his station manager. I talk with an official of a major cable television client to check on the progress on our bid for a cable franchise.
I grab a quick lunch at the National Lawyers Club between discussions with a government official concerning D.C. criminal justice system appointments.
Back at the office, I receive word that the Coast Guard has released a call sign assigned to one of its vessels, clearing the way for us to request the sign for a client who plans to build a new radio station. After checking on the condition of Tony Greco, owner of the Maison Blanche restaurant who was recuperating from surgery, I arrange a lunch for next week with an official of the Republican National Committee, myself and the firm's senior partner, Vince Pepper.
I go to the Georgetown Library for a meeting with Mike Gill, the District's national Republican committeeman. Danny Bishop, Mike and I discuss next year's D.C. elections for mayor and City Council, D.C. presidential appointments and business ventures. Since Mike is chairman of the admiralty board of the Presidental Yacht Trust, we also discuss progress being made with the presidential yacht Sequoia.
After the morning swim, I meet with the special assistant to the assistant secretary of commerce at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. I stop by the Johnson Publishing Co. to give the bureau chief, Simeon Booker, the names of persons attending a ceremony celebrating the first FCC grant of a construction permit to a minority group to build a clear channel radio station. My client, who received the grant, had come to Washington with the mayor of his city to accept the permit.
Back at the office, I call Mother Angelica of the Eternal Word Television Network in Birmingham, who operates the first Roman Catholic satellite television network, to check on progress.
A client, a commodities and media broker, and I discuss new markets and potential government procurement contracts at the Communications Club.
I go to an early evening meeting at the law office of Stanton Anderson to discuss an upcoming D.C. GOP fundraiser with our finance chairman, Fred Dixon, counsel Joe Ryan and coordinator Sue Johnston. During dinner at Le Manouche, Stan and I reflect on presidential transition report recommendations, including the plight of the savings and loan industry, and discuss the 1982 congressional elections and other national and local politics.
I catch the New York shuttle for a meeting with my business partner to plan our next bar exam writing seminar for law students in New York. Our program is in its fifth year and very successful.
After a swim at the YMCA, I go to the fall outing of the Ancient-Honorable-Independent and Effervescent Order of Yellow Dogs, a private fraternity of communications lawyers and engineers which is initiating six new members. The ceremony is held at the Dottie S. Farm in Great Falls. I take time for a brief tour of the over 40 acres of land botted with 35 race horses, several kittens and many dogs. To a country boy from upstate New York, the aroma of horse manure and straw and the sound of horses and cows brings back pleasant childhood memories.
Later, Jean and I go to a neighborhood Halloween party.