Perhaps it was the nice weather. Or maybe a hangover from the Time 100 party last night. Today’s media lunch at 55th & Fifth was relatively full, but lacked the star power of lunches past (no heads of state nor Penelope Cruzes to report). There was, however, some excitement near our perch at the bar, as a bottle of Pellegrino spontaneously exploded, bloodying the bartender’s hand. After returning from a brief trip to the DL, a lawyer at the bar quipped, “Michael, say hello to your new owner.”
The lineup card:
Table 1. Peter Brown and four guests, including a stunner of a blonde.
2. John Tisch.
3. Webby Award chairman Gerry Byrne in a Webby-ready casual suit, and Katherine Oliver.
4. Allen & Co. fortune heit Terry Kramer and Margo McNabb. Stilettos!
5. Bob Friedman and Stanley Jaffe.
6. Steve Cohen and CBS weather dude Dave Price, who wore sunglasses (hopefully prescription) for the majority of the meal and dropped a purple pen that was quickly returned by Michael’s staff. Sitting at the adjacent table? Al Roker, Price’s nemesis.