Read this: How Kluge got rich; Obama's "silver bullet"; Tom Brady's accident; Boxer aide arrest; Reagan movie; Piers Morgan; and more
Billionaire media magnate John Kluge dies at 95, and his obituary is a classic study of How Rich People Became Rich, with charming details like:
His frugality extended to some areas of his personal life, such as a habit of leaving his coat in the car rather than wearing it into a restaurant. He wanted to avoid tipping the coat checker.
His third (later ex) wife Pat Kluge suffered social humiliation when her porn-star past was dug up but she bounced back to become the entrepreneur-doyenne of Central Virginia; her stunning country estate is on the market. The Kluges were generous givers to the University of Virginia, among other institutions. In other U-Va. news, Daniel DeVise examines the upheaval at Virginia Quarterly Review, thrown into chaos after accusations that "workplace bullying" caused the top editor's suicide.
Have you ever noticed how often President Obama uses the phrase "no silver bullet"? Well, Ann Gerhart has, and she analyzes it.... A Ronald Reagan biopic is in the works. (No word yet on who would play him; the actors on this speculative list seem to share one common attribute: Too short.)
Also, the latest on Tom Brady's car accident... A D.C. day care center is scheduled to shut down -- but could be saved, if the political-elite parents who send their kids there (Leon Wieseltier, Samantha Power) have their say.... Dude, embarrassing!: An aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer resigns after getting arrested with pot in the Hart Senate Office Building. No kid, either: Marcus Stanley is 43...It's official: Piers Morgan, that British guy from "America's Got Talent" will replace Larry King... A Maryland statehouse candidate dings her rival over his goofy Facebook postings about his Jason Bateman man-crush.
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September 9, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
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