Archives: December 2006
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The big sports story in New York yesterday was actually in San Francisco, where free agent pitcher Barry Zito agreed to a 7-year, $126 million contract with the San Francisco Giants — the largest ever for a pitcher — ending the New York Mets chances of signing the Oakland A’s lefty ace.
It also ended the what could’ve been seven years of delicious Page Six fodder, as Zito’s off-the-field antics are — while relatively unknown in New York — downright bizarre. Take, for instance, his 2003 appearance on the Howard Stern Show:
Gary brought up a few interesting things about Barry during the interview. One of them was the fact that he sometimes sends his sister his scabs through the mail. Barry said the two of them just try to gross each other out. … Howard spent a couple of minutes trying to get some info out of Barry about this Mexican soccer chick he dated. … Howard took a few phone calls for Barry and Gary threw in a couple more interesting facts about him. Gary said that he knows Barry isn’t gay but he does do yoga and lights aroma therapy candles before games. He also said that Barry carries around stuffed animals and two satin pink pillows. Barry said that he used to have a stuffed animal he carried but that was just in his rookie season. Robin wanted to know about the pink pillows but he never got to that. Artie joked and said that he read that Barry once had sex with a man … but that’s not gay.
The musician is said to be in talks to develop a musically themed magazine. And, no, it won’t have some weird symbol for a name. Instead, it would be called 3121 Magazine, a title taken from the name of his 2005 album.
By the way, if anyone feels like cyber-squatting like it’s 1999, the url appears to be available:
The following domains are available:
You know that Gerald Ford book pitch you’ve had sitting on your desk since the mid-80s? No time like today to dust it off!:
For immediate release
Los Angeles, CA, December 28, 2006
Contact Martin Literary Management
Assassin’s Faulty Gun Saved President Gerald Ford’s Life
“The only thing that saved him from a bullet between the eyes was the fact that the sight on the pistol she used was six inches off,” according to Geri Spieler‘s research for her book about Sara Jane Moore, “I’m Sorry I Missed, Mr. President” which is currently being shopped to NY publishers.
If Sara Jane Moore had used her own gun, she would have “blown his head off,” according to the FBI investigators of the 1975 presidential assassination attempt. Moore was not the “lone crazy middle-aged nut shooting widely” the press presented her to be.
Spieler, a San Francisco journalist, met Moore thirty years ago when Moore was incarcerated at Terminal Island prison. After years of letters, calls and visits, Spieler decided to write about the only woman who every fired a bullet at a U.S. president. Through her research she uncovered the many facts of the case never publicly revealed by the press, state and federal governments. Spieler found that the FBI didn’t want Mrs. Ford and the American people to know how close Ford came to being killed.
Spieler is available for a phone or in-person interview.
NBC released the uncensored version, and, like another Andy Samberg mock song, it has rocketed to YouTube’s upper elevations (#13 all-time) in less than a week. We’ve mentioned it before, but if all Saturday Night Live produced were Digital Shorts and Amy Poehler‘s Nancy Grace, we’d never change the channel.
Burgeoning Marie Claire editrix Joanna Coles, as quoted in today’s New York Times on the surge of reality shows focused on behind-the-scenes action (Seventeen, Rolling Stone) at New York glossies:
“People are fascinated with what goes on,” said Joanna Coles, the editor of Marie Claire, who said she has fielded requests by a half-dozen television producers.
Fascinated? Well, about behind-the-scenes of the Ashley Judd topless cover, then, yes. Otherwise, fascination is a fickle thing.
Times Square A Huge Target | MTV To Pimp Dubai | Reader’s Digest’s $150M Fumble | Kaplan To Save Katie? | Thai Queen Cracks Down On Coyote Ugly Dancers | Ford Not A ‘Klutz’
- Reader’s Digest: Fumbled $150 million on its sale price; new owners look to revive brand. [Folio: | TheStreet.com]
- Times Square NYE Ball Drop: Brought to you by Target in 3-D. [Daily News]
- MTV: Looks to pimp Dubai. [Variety]
- Ex-MSNBC Head Rick Kaplan: To rescue Katie Couric? [Page Six]
- Thai Queen: Prompts countrywide crackdown of Coyote Ugly inspired dancers. [NYT]
- Gerald Ford: Had “decent” sense of humor. [ETP]
Despite the View being in re-runs this week, the increasingly-tiring Rosie-Trump public feud just won’t die.
From Rosie O’Donnell‘s blog yesterday:
a young girl in nyc
meets a pimp
he cons her into a life of illusion
she works for him
no fun — no fucking — no future
she is owned
when she sneaks out —
to party the night away
he roughs her up a bit
shames her in front of the others
teaches her to behave
for his own benefit
and just when we lost all hope
cagney and lacey showed up
they cuff the pimp
they free the girl
Read on as Rosie works in Larry King and Ms magazine references.
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