Who would lead the legal effort for George W. Bush? The campaign immediately thought of a man who combined political smarts and moral rectitude--Jack Danforth, the retired GOP senator and Episcopal priest.Two days after Election night, Danforth and his wife, Sally, were on their way to the Caribbean.
In the hall of mirrors that Wall Street can be, Howard Schultz apparently thought he had it figured out. Bury the bad news, go with the good. Just before July 4, the CEO of Starbucks ran a conference call with analysts and announced that profits for the current fiscal year would be 10 percent below expectations, the result of an expensive Internet start-up and an unspectacular Frappuccino supermarket thrust.
Talk about weirdo neighbors. Up in the "back country" of wealthy Greenwich, Conn., lived a man named Marty Frankel. There was nothing unusual about his compound of multi-million-dollar homes just off Lake Avenue, within cantering distance of Fortune 500 CEOs, movie directors, Diana Ross and Leona Helmsley.
EVER THE WISE GUY, KEITH OLBERMANN will tell you he's really taken his new job with all-news MSNBC to be closer to the bright lights of the big city. Up until last June, he may have reigned as the nation's smartest, sassiest sportscaster around, as co-anchor of ESPN's ""Sportscenter.'' But he had to do it in the boonies of Bristol, Conn., ESPN's world headquarters. ""From the window of my house,'' Olbermann recalls with mock wistfulness, ""I could look out on the whole Farmington Valley.
WHAT A DAD, WHAT A DIRECTOR. A few weeks after his wife, Kate Capshaw, gave birth to their seventh child in Los Angeles, Steven Spielberg boarded a Gulfstream 4 for Hawaii to finish shooting ""The Lost World.'' A week before Christmas, in a remote cove on the lush leeward side of Kauai, he was doing the movie's opening scene: little girl meets little dinosaurs, girl offers roast-beef sandwich, dinos munch girl instead (off camera).