Diary: A photo-op worth 1,000 words, not!

There were several amusing anecdotes that emerged in the wake of Howard Rubenstein’s sumptuous 45th anniversary party at New York’s Tavern on the Green late last month.

There were several amusing anecdotes that emerged in the wake of Howard Rubenstein’s sumptuous 45th anniversary party at New York’s Tavern on the Green late last month.

There were several amusing anecdotes that emerged in the wake of

Howard Rubenstein’s sumptuous 45th anniversary party at New York’s

Tavern on the Green late last month.



PRWeek staffers fortunate enough to have snuck past security will never

forget our fleeting moments behind Dr. Ruth Westheimer on the dessert

line, nor our spirited interchange with a New York Times photographer

who didn’t believe that our publication really existed until we produced

adequate documentation (a copy of the magazine itself).



But one encounter from the evening stands out. Sarah Ferguson, former

Duchess of York, had just posed for a photo with another fairly

prominent - not to mention vocal - Rubenstein client. By way of farewell

to her fellow partygoer, she said, ’If you’re having your picture taken,

you’re obviously someone successful. Good luck in whatever it is you

do.’



The other person in the picture? New York Yankees owner George

Steinbrenner.



No word on whether Herr Steinbrenner, as the NY tabloids often call him,

responded with a characterization of Fergie as delicate as the one he

lobbed at Yankee pitcher Hideki Irabu: ’fat toad.’



We would love to regale you, fair reader, with stories about bumping

shoulders with other beautiful people at the event. Sadly, our

shoulder-bumping was confined to jostling with similarly situated

partygoers while on line for an 18th helping of jumbo shrimp.



Credit must be given to Howard himself, however, who took time to

shmooze with the lowly journalists as well as the Rudy Giulianis. And

people wonder why he’s so good at what he does?



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