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Journalist and Washington Pin-Up girl, Helen Thomas died at the spry age of 92.

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Helen Thomas was not only known for her good looks, but also for her pleasant demeanor.

Thomas started working in the White House Press Corps when James Madison took office in 1809.  She gained a reputation as a bulldog reporter when she grilled James Monroe for egotistically naming a doctrine after himself.

She traditionally sat in the front row and was always called on for the first question in any press conference.  She was known for asking tough questions and holding the President’s feet to the fire.  That’s why Bush II never called on her.  During his administration, she did not get to ask a question for three years.  it was bad enough that she was moved to the back row.  But the fact that her seat made embarrassing farting sounds whenever she moved was a bridge too far.

Thomas was a true trailblazer.  She was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, and the first female member of the Gridiron Club.  She also had enough clout to establish the tradition of makin’ it with every President in their first hundred days.  Bill Clinton was initially excited about this tradition, until his Chief of Staff pointed out which reporter he had to spend the night with.  Clinton had to just close his eyes and think of his interns.

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Thomas during her infamous “Top-Hat Stage” in 1992.

Thomas was forced to resign for the comment that she made when asked about Israel.  She said “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” After that, the only gig she could get was interviewing Jimmy the Greek on the Imus in the Morning show.

This hit goes to: Team Sushi!  Earlier this week they almost had a stroke of luck with Randy Travis.  So this probably feels more like a consolation prize.  A case of Shasta for not solving any puzzles on “Wheel of Fortune.”  A home version of “The $100,000 Pyramid.”  A free trip to Cleveland.

They remain in the same place, but they are now ten points closer to overtaking The New Dick in town!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Babysitter – 140 (Clive Dunn – 10, Ravi Shankar – 10, Margaret Thatcher – 20, Chi Cheng – 60, Pat Summerall – 20, Douglas Englebart – 20)

Dawn-n-Mike – 140 (Oscar Niemeyer – 0, Norman Joseph Woodland – 10,Patti Page – 20, Reg Presley – 30, Hugo Chavez – 50, Frank Thornton – 10 – George Jones – 20)

The New Dick in Town – 120 – (Jack Klugman – 10, Mindy McCready – 70, Jonathan Winters – 20, Jeanne Cooper – 20)

Team Sushi – 90 – (Conrad Bain – 20, Roger Ebert – 30, Deacon Jones – 30, Helen Thomas – 10)

Joanne – 80 – (Freddy Schmidt – 10, Robert Bork – 20, C. Everett Koop – 10, Moon Mullen – 10, Virgil Trucks – 10, Dr. Joyce Brothers – 20)

Gianna – 80 – (Lucille Bliss – 10, Bonnie Franklin – 40, E. L. Konigsburg – 20, Deanna Durbin – 10)

Tailgating with Jesus – 70 – (Marvin Miller – 10, Earl Weaver – 20, Jerry Buss – 20, Gus Triandos – 20)

Sean P. McFeeley I – 50 – (Patty Andrews – 10, Dick Trickle – 30, Jean Stapleton – 10)

Council of Geeks – 50 (Richard Griffiths – 40, Ray Harryhausen – 10)

Jami – 50 – (Larry Hagman – 20, Annette Funicello – 30)

The Girl on Fire – 50 – (Dear Abby – 10, Ed Koch – 20, Milo O’Shea – 20)

“Imaginary” Steve – 40 (Al Neuharth – 20, Ken Venturi – 20)

Nikki the Bad-Ass – 10 – (Stan Musial – 10)

“Sister” Mary Sheila – 10 (Lee MacPhail – 10)

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