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