LAST CALL: Larry Weber has a mom who cares

Whenever there's a new top dog CEO on the block, there's a natural tendency among competitors to tear him down.

Which is why we had to have a collective 'Awwwwww' upon receipt of this unusual and touching letter, from one Beverly Weber, excerpted thus:

'Dear Mr. Leyton (sic), I am writing in response to your article announcing my son being named CEO of Weber-Shandwick Worldwide.

'Mr. Lou Hoffman is quoted, 'I admire Larry, he's always said that the one and only thing he cares about is being the biggest, and his actions reflect that.'

I just wanted to tell you this has been his goal since he was a very little boy. In fact when once asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he didn't hesitate, he simply said, 'the Pope.''

Of course, we had to confirm the letter's authenticity, so we called Weber. 'What does it say?' he asked, with all the dread of an embarrassed teenager.

We read him the letter. 'Yeah, that's her,' he said mirthfully. 'Thanks, mom.'

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