Filling Park Avenue’s whole Armory, the Coach fashion show jammed traffic to Riverdale. Through a rear door and from behind a truck’s “Avid Waste System” sign came Gov. Hochul — cool, smiling, in black, red Coach bag, matching heels, no stockings. I was her Plus One.
Coach exec: “New York is coming back.” Hochul: “New York’s the center of fashion” then, “Meet my sister Sheila.” Kathy’s a good-looking brunette. Sheila’s a stunning blond. “One of us takes after our mom, the other our father.” (Or hairdresser.)
The Gov: “I already started early. Working to counteract anti-Semitism, I began this morning at the Jerusalem Post. Then to a National Urban League meeting for a project in Harlem.” It was 2 p.m. “I learn topics quickly. I like to learn, impart information. I can take in a lot on a 20-minute ride.”
Me when concerned about her heels walking up steep steps, she said: “Once in the Adirondacks I tried skiing. Never did it before. I fell down hard and broke my ribs and leg. I’m OK. I can tough it out.”
To quote a friend from Killarney: “Nothing beats a tough Irish broad.”
Spielberg: “I put pieces of my personal life into everything I’ve done. Everything I direct. But I’ve never told one as close as this to my own experiences. This was my focused intentional coming-of-age story.
“Only names were changed to protect the innocent. Nothing tougher than casting your own family. Michelle represented my own experiences with my mom.”
It opens Thanksgiving. Also stars Seth Rogen and Judd Hirsch.
Veep no VIP
Kamala — first woman, first minority VP — what if she goes for president. Answer from a tableful of Dem pros: “No worries. We’ll put her in a debate. She’ll get 3%.”
Nov. 2001. Parts of Putin’s ABC-TV sit-down with Barbara Walters about 9/11:
“Mixed feelings of guilt for this tragedy. In ’99 we were victims of a terrorist attack and explosion of buildings in Moscow. Hundreds of innocent people died . . . There was realization that Russia should be a strategic ally of the entire civilized community including certainly the United States . . . If we want to be protected, we should be together.
“Sept. 11 opened our eyes to that.”
We feud with neighbors, argue with employees, dislike our landlord, trash our politicians, disagree with minorities, yell at family and parade for peace.