November 13, 2003

Hobnobbing in Washington

Jeremy Lott writes, of last night's American Spectator dinner,

Highlights: Met John Tabin...
Right back atcha, Jeremy!

I love events like this; it's always fun to put some faces to bylines. I met most of the Spectatorites-- Lott; interns Katherine Ruddy, Theodora Blanchfield, and Shawn Macomber; Bob Tyrell, George Neumayr, Wlady Pleszczynski (which is Polish for "how's that spelled?"), and Ben Stein, who MC'd the evening with off-color jokes. The room exuded the dorky glamour of Washington, filled as it was with people like Former Congressman Bob Barr, Former Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, Washington Times editor Wes Pruden, Solicitor General Ted Olson, and Underscecretary of State John Bolton. Bolton gave the keynote address, on WMD proliferation; if you've seen him on C-SPAN, then you know that his comments were incisive but his delivery made the most important things in the world sound dull as dirt. Senator Zell Miller gave a much better speech, touching on topics in his new book, A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat, which he signed in the lobby afterwards. (Did you know he's missing most of his left index finder? Search for "As a child" here to find the story behind it.)

From the "I am oblivious" file: I exchanged business cards (I'd just had mine printed and was handing them out like party favors) with Bob Metcalfe, who's name I thought I'd vaguely recognized, possibly from a byline, but wasn't sure. I looked him up, and found that I probably had seen his byline, some time after he founded 3Com, which was after he invented Ethernet (you might say, to paraphrase Al Gore, that he took the initiative in creating the Internet). Oh, that Bob Metcalfe.

Posted by John Tabin at November 13, 2003 11:38 AM