The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World
August 21, 2007
I run into an acquaintance I haven't seen in about a year.
"Where's that blonde woman you're always following around?" he asks.
On March 22, Sullivan wrote this tribute to Seipp.
When I told John I was a blogger, he asked for my website address.
I gave him my card.
"I've heard of you," he says.
We pause to think how on earth this gentleman had heard of me and then we realize -- it was through Cathy.
Even though she's no longer shlepping me around, Cathy's still helping me meet a better crowd.
Tonight, Sullivan says: "Did anyone predict [the fall of communism]? I think I know personally all the people who did. Brian Crozier [sp?] told me in the early '80s that communism would collapse within a few years, by the end of the decade. He subequently forgot that he had told me this. Robert Conquest, the great Sovietologist made a similar prediction though he didn't set a date on it. I was lucky enough to meet before his death Andrei Amalrik, who wrote the book "Will The Soviet Union Collapse Before 1984?" When that book came out, people dismissed it as absurd."
Sullivan concluded this way: "We have one example that they [Regan, Thatcher and the pope] didn't. We have their example."
In the question time, I ask: "Where does your book break new ground?"
John: "In a number of places, particularly in my use of the Soviet archives [now largely closed under Putin]."
At 3 p.m. Tuesday, I set up shop at the Starbucks on Barrington Court (on Barrington just south of Sunset Blvd.). Over the next three and a half hours, I consume two Orange Blossom iced teas and one Green Tea frapuccino and Paul Johnson's book Art: A New History (all sized venti).
Looking up from my book at 5:30 p.m., I see Dustin Hoffman walk by with a young man. They disappear into the restaurant Brentwood.
I curse myself for not having my camera. Last night and this morning I came upon fresh spectacular car accidents (glass slivers across the road) but I didn't have my camera.
I must bear witness.