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John Kent Cooke (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

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Meanwhile, there's a lot to digest in Mike Wise's profile of John Kent Cooke, the last surviving son of former Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke. Before his death in 1997, the elder Cooke deleted a provision in his will that would have given ownership of the Redskins to John (hoping to create a scholarship fund, Jack saw selling the team at auction as the way to finance it).

Dan Snyder ended up with the team; the rest, as they say, is history, and Cooke's bad feelings for Snyder linger today:

"Dan Snyder destroyed the reputation of this franchise," Cooke said. "I sure as hell don't like the way he gutted the organization after we left. And he commercialized the Redskins like my father would have never commercialized the Redskins. People brought cushions and pennants to the games. You know how they got those? My father gave them out at fan appreciation days."
Cooke also took issue with recent controversy over tickets. "Suing season ticket holders?" he said, incredulously. "My God, it's embarrassing. We would have never done such a thing."

Elsewhere in today's Style section: Paul Schwartzman profiles Lou Chibbaro Jr., who has worked at the Washington Blade longer than anyone else. Harvey Levin of TMZ and the Los Angeles sheriff's office wage war over phone records. And Oprah Winfrey hopes an appearance by Sarah Palin will reverse her ratings slump.

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By The Reliable Source  |  October 21, 2009; 12:03 PM ET
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