DID YOU know that all presidents are not necessarily jealous of one another? John Quincy Adams suggested that James Madison “despite faults and blunders, has acquired more glory, and established more Union than all the three predecessors –Washington, Adams and Jefferson — put together.” And here I have never even given James Madison a second thought. This puts me in mind of the seventh president, Andrew Jackson. He wasn’t a very “couth” man but he was mighty effective. I wonder what he would think today if he could see the depredations made against the Constitution by those currently in power? Jackson wrote: “The Federal Constitution must be obeyed, states rights preserved, our national debt must be paid and loans avoided and the Federal Union preserved.” He never dreamed of the Civil War that was yet to come. But as a soldier, perhaps he’d have relished it.
WHILE WE are thinking about history and presidents, you might be interested in catching an interview between the ultimate John F. Kennedy historian and examiner, Lamar Waldron (He has written about the FBI, the CIA and the Cuban connection to JFK in his book “Ultimate Sacrifice”) and the noted attorney Vincent Bugliosi, whose newest work — his 7th non-fiction — is “Reclaiming History.” Bugliosi insists there was no conspiracy in the president’s assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald. This meeting of the minds takes place on the Thom Hartmann Show, Air America, Monday at 2 p.m. Make a note. This could be a struggle among the titans.
PEOPLE on the Isle of Capri are having fabulous fun enjoying the ongoing romantic honeymoon of Penny and Rod Stewart, rocker deluxe. This duet, which melded recently, is aboard the yacht of music man Clive Davis … In London the talk of fashionable youth is how does Shirley Bassey, age 70, manage those spaghetti strap evening gowns which show off her impeccable upper arms? Shirley claims it’s yoga which she took up in her youth. It keeps her sleek … Woman of the hour in the U.S. is Kriss-Soterion of Manchester, N.H. She happened to be freelancing her makeup talents for CNN when she chanced to work on Sen. Hillary Clinton. She did such a good job turning the candidate into a soft, glowy and beautiful vision that people assume Hillary has seen a doctor. Now everybody wants Kriss-Soterion.
“GASLIGHT” was a famous motion picture starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Angela Lansbury, about a woman being driven mad by her husband. But just take my word – don’t miss the play version produced by the talented Irish Rep Theater. It’s going to shutter Sunday. Audiences love the James Morgan sets so much they’re bidding to buy same. Director Charlotte Moore will entertain offers. … Broadway Barks 9 will take place in Shubert Alley on July 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore host a star-studded dog and cat-a-thon adoption benefiting New York’s animal shelters. On point if not on paw will be Angela Lansbury, David Hyde Pierce, Harry Hamlin, Cheyenne Jackson, Michael Cerveris, Debra Monk, Karen Ziemba. Call 212-840-0770.
(Email Liz Smith at MES3838@aol.com)