The friendship started at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco in 1984 where Roz Wyman was Convention Chairwoman/CEO and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, the Chairlady of the Host Committee. They became close friends and Pelosi often houseguested with Wyman in Beverly Hills. A couple of years later, the ladies were lunching at Hillcrest Country Club and Wyman, a longtime friend of the William Morris Agency’s Norman Brokaw introduced the new Congresswoman Pelosi to him."I thought he was someone she should know," Wyman told me, "and vice versa." (Brokaw has successfully represented these political clients in book deals: President Gerald Ford, First Lady Betty Ford, General Alexander Haig, Chief of Staff Donald Regan, Senator John Edwards, Senator Jim Jeffords, Senator William Cohen, Casper Weinberger, General Claudia Kennedy and others). Brokaw knew Pelosi’s accomplishments up to that date 20 years ago and, foreseeing the future, advised her, "Take notes." Over these 20 years, at charitable, political and social events, when Brokaw would again see Pelosi, he would remind her, "Keep taking notes." She did and when she recently achieved the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Brokaw thought this was the time for the book. Last week, Pelosi met with William Morris’ Brokaw, Mel Berger and Jennifer Rudolph Walsh and Doubleday publisher Stephen Rubin, who will publish her book in 2008. Senior editor Phyllis Grann will edit. A collaborator is being set and Pelosi is still taking notes, per Brokaw’s advice.
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