This was no ordinary party. Last Monday, a couple hundred people
milled around at Manhattan's Lenox Room on the Upper East Side, on the
surface pleased to see one another, exchanging air kisses and
complimenting the canapes to the accompaniment of superbly mixed
However, scratch the surface and you could see the inner panic: 'What
did I just say? Who did I say it to? Why is that photographer pointing
the lens at me? Who is that statuesque redhead whipping out her Louis
The statuesque redhead was, in fact, the indomitable Jeanette 'The
Scoop' Walls, MSNBC's gossip maven, surrounded by fellow gossips Richard
Johnson of the New York Post's Page Six, and the New York Daily News'
George Rush (sans 'sex object' Joanna Molloy, for whom Rush made
And the occasion? The inaugural Golden Dustpan Awards, hosted by
GossipCentral to celebrate its fifth birthday. Fittingly, by the next
morning, the event had already made the AP.
As GossipCentral's editorial director (and president of PR firm Plesser
Associates in his spare time), Andy Plesser presented the Golden Dustpan
to the tattling triumvirate, the room gasped at the quality of the
trophy: a beautiful gilded dustpan 'from Tiffany.' (So why did you have
gold spray paint on your hands, Andy? Auditioning for the next Bond
flick, are we?)
All three accepted their awards graciously ('You like me!' gushed Walls,
in a fabulous Sally Field impression), though Johnson added: 'I've often
complained that Pulitzer recognizes cartoonists, but not gossip
And was there any gossip from the night? Well, that's not for us to say.