Gary Hart

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

Many years ago I was quoted in (I think) American Spectator as saying that 25% to 40% of national mail order charities are dishonest. It was a “pull quote”—one of the quotes in an article that is blown up and put in the middle of the page in order to titillate the reader. Shortly after the story broke, I received a call from a producer of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and Connie Chung asking me if I would say that on camera. If so, they would send CBS reporter Richard Threlkeld and a film crew down to the Target Marketing magazine

The year was 1987. Democratic presidential front-runner Gary Hart was rumored to be having an extramarital fling. “Follow me around. I don’t care. I’m serious,” he challenged the media. “If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They’ll be very bored.” A couple of Miami Herald reporters did indeed put a tail on Hart and found a yummy blonde named Donna Rice. Shortly thereafter, a photo surfaced of Hart and Rice canoodling in the Bahamas aboard a yacht, aptly named Monkey Business. Hart not only lost his front-runner status, he was no longer a runner at all. He also opened Pandora’s

The End of Media Decorum March 14, 2006: Vol. 2, Issue No. 20 IN THE NEWS Scandal minister Profumo dies at 91 John Profumo, the man at the centre of the most notorious political sex scandal of the 20th century, has died at the age of 91 after suffering a stroke. Profumo, who spent four decades atoning for his disgrace, died peacefully at about midnight last night surrounded by his family, a spokesman for London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital said. He had been admitted to hospital two days earlier. —The Independent, (UK), Online Edition, March 10, 2006 John Profumo, the central

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