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October 2, 2013

12
P.M.

The Reliable Source Live

Total Responses: 86

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Washington Post columnists Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts were online Wednesday, October 2, at noon ET to discuss your favorite gossip, celebrity sightings and their recent columns.

Past Reliable Source chats
Q.

Amy Argetsinger :

Hello, and welcome back to the Reliable Source weekly online chat. Some topics on our radar. . .

 

With former President George H.W. Bush as a witness, same-sex marriage now seems as “real and normal” as any other for the brides.

 

A comedian punches a journalist at the “Funniest Celebrity” fundraiser, but the real scandal may be how little is going to charity.

 

Adrian Fenty moves west. Hmmm, who are you staying with, Adrian?

 

The shutdown may be throwing social Washington into minor disarray — but it should not hurt Jose Andres’s plans to become a citizen.

 

Is Gbenga Akinnagbe the most interesting man in the world? Or at least the DMV?

 

In other news: Hottest bachelors? You decide.  . . A split for Richard Gere and Carey Lowell, an engagement for Sam Kass and Alex Wagner, a hot date for Mary Bono — and why don’t Fergie and Prince Andrew just get back together already?. . . And just breaking now: Is Ronan Farrow Frank Sinatra's son? Are we ALL Frank Sinatra's son? And are the Farrows the Most Interesting Family in the World?

 

Welcome to October. Looking forward to your questions.

Q.

DC's Hottest Bachelors

They've got to be kidding, right? I think Tyler Moore is much better looking than any of them. So are Steve Lombardozzi and Gio Gonzalez. Even Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

We can always count on our Nats fan girl. I think in addition to specifying "nominees must be shirtless," Inside Edition should have provided a caveat that the list is limited to guys who agreed to show up.

– October 02, 2013 12:02 PM
Q.

Breaking Bad

Feels like I was the only person who never watched Breaking Bad.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

I'm still midway through Season One. Thus far, the finale spoilers are much easier to avoid than the "Game of Thrones" spoilers, which were floating free-form in the atmosphere and absorbable through the skin.

– October 02, 2013 12:04 PM
Q.

Alex Wagner

Congrats are in order for Alex Wagner on her engagement!
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

And congratulations are in order to Sam Kass as well. Cute couple, huh?

– October 02, 2013 12:04 PM
Q.

downtown

No comments on Brynn Cameron and her son with Blake Griffin? I trust she's not trying to hit for the cycle (football, basketball, baseball, hockey).
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Small world, huh?

– October 02, 2013 12:05 PM
Q.

Tom Clancy

RIP Tom Clancy
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

And here's his obituary. Hard to believe he was only 66. Was younger than I realized when he got started.

– October 02, 2013 12:08 PM
Q.

Hanging loose and not doing much of anything during the shutdown

Anything new with you, Amy?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Every day it's something new!

– October 02, 2013 12:09 PM
Q.

Shutdown Pick Up Line

This pickup line is something I could be using this weekend, "You might be non-essential to Uncle Sam, but you'll always be essential to me."
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

An enterprising sort would be printing up t-shirts with shutdown slogans and selling them on (well, next to) the Mall. Come on chatters, ideas?

 

 

 

 

– October 02, 2013 12:09 PM
Q.

shutdown

So do Congressional types have to avoid social events to pretend they're concerned about the closing of the government and the furloughing of a few hundred thousand workers?
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

I'm not quite that cynical---maybe they (or some of them) are concentrating solely on ending the shutdown. So I'll reserve judgment until I see how this plays out.

– October 02, 2013 12:15 PM
Q.

George HW Bush

Props to the former President for being at a same sex marriage.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Quite a story, isn't it? Funny, those brides just quietly posted their photos on Facebook -- didn't call the media or anything -- and two days went by before we happened to get a tip about it. Surprised it didn't go viral on its own -- it's quite a sign of the times.  George H.W. Bush is witness at same-sex marriage in Maine

– October 02, 2013 12:17 PM
Q.

Clancy

Not to speak ill of the dead, but I still remember an interview he gave years ago commenting that anyone who'd never earned at least a six figure salary hadn't done much with their life. Rich talk from someone who wrote his "masterpieces" occupying a chair for his wife's family insurance company.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

I've never heard of that comment, so don't know if it's true. He did work in insurance, but I don't know enough about his pre-bestseller days.

– October 02, 2013 12:18 PM
Q.

Satchel Farrow

I think he looks a little more like Sinatra than Woody Allen, but maybe that is just me.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

It had never occurred to me, but now it's obvious. Will try to add more photos, but some of these Young Frank Sinatra images I googled up really make the case of a strong resemblence to Ronan -- who admittedly looks a LOT like his mother. You don't really see it when you Google Young Woody Allen.

– October 02, 2013 12:23 PM
Q.

More surprising . . .

Clancy was only 66 or that Sting is turning 62 today?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Wow. . . That is kind of amazing, really.

– October 02, 2013 12:24 PM
Q.

Washington Post

You apparently have a new owner today. Things seem different?
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Nope. Waiting for it to rain.

– October 02, 2013 12:24 PM
Q.

Kim and Kanye

Do you think they actually care about each other?
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

In their own self-obsessed, reality show, live-in-public, no accountability way....yes. In fact, they're a good match for each other, aside from the fact that Kayne has actual talent. 

– October 02, 2013 12:26 PM
Q.

Shut Down

How has the shut down impacted your life?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Most directly in the fact that normal news has dried up, and what we have of it is getting completely overshadowed by the shutdown news. That's often the case when you've got a big national politics story.

– October 02, 2013 12:26 PM
Q.

Mr. President...

Pizza delivery...
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Nope. No more extra toppings in the Oval.

– October 02, 2013 12:27 PM
Q.

WWII Vets

What a great story yesterday. Any idea how they are spending the rest of their trip?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

More veterans are storming the gates today, it seems. Here's the original story about yesterday's veterans at the WWII memorial. Still a lot of unanswered questions, it seems.

– October 02, 2013 12:28 PM
Q.

Woody Allen

Rehashing that stuff is pretty upsetting. Think someone would get a pass for marrying his significant other's adopted daughter today? Or taking naked pictures of her. Yuck.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

The world is full of strangeness. Hollywood still lets him make movies, so they're not THAT upset.

– October 02, 2013 12:29 PM
Q.

The Farrow Family

Here's another interesting factoid about the Farrows. Mia's first husband was composer Andre Previn, who adopted some of her children. But Mia started her affair with Andre when he was still married to composer Dory Previn (who actually wrote some songs recorded by Frank Sinatra, who married Mia Farrow after she divorced Andre Previn). The Mia-Andre affair and subsequent divorce was the proverbial straw on the camel's back for Dory, whose mental health was never very strong, and she was hospitalized for some time. So, maybe there's some karma floating around there that ended up in Woody's affair with Mia's adopted daughter.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Here's Dory Previn's obituary from last year, which suggests she was always a fragile creature. Fair to say, though, that there are a lot of tumultuous relationships involving the Farrows.

– October 02, 2013 12:30 PM
Q.

Halloween Costume

What is Amy already planning for a Halloween costume?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

I don't know -- the Great Pumpkin? I haven't really done Halloween in a couple years. The last time I dressed up, I fell back on my Pan-Am stewardess costume for maybe the third or fourth time in a decade.

– October 02, 2013 12:31 PM
Q.

shutdown slogan

"I'm fee-funded - let me buy you dinner."
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Okay!

– October 02, 2013 12:31 PM
Q.

I Would Pay

To see Tyler Moore shirtless (and I'll bet he has the cutest Mississippi accent!). I'd also pay to see Lombo, Gio. Clip, or Store shirtless. I actually nominate Tyler Moore for Hottest Bachelor in DC.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Okay, I see all you lurking out there. But we're so hard up for good questions from you that we're falling back on another post from Tyler Moore's Would-Be Girlfriend. Come on in, the rest of you -- the water's fine!

– October 02, 2013 12:33 PM
Q.

Vets Storming The Gates

The people making repeated claims that the gates magically opened just seemed a little fishy? Lawmakers, vets, part staff opening it up -- who cares? Bizarre that everyone is trying to make it seem like some sort of divine moment.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Yes, indeed.

– October 02, 2013 12:33 PM
Q.

Clancy

I think the article was in BALTIMORE magazine. His career was really starting to take off at the time. My company was adapting one of his novels for a computer game so it struck me more than it usually would have.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

I'm assuming you weren't making $100K at the time.

– October 02, 2013 12:33 PM
Q.

Another Clancy

Also not to speak ill...oh, wait, I guess I am. But I knew a few people who knew him in various contexts, pre- and post-Red October (the guy who mowed his lawn, someone worked for his lawyer) and they all said he was quite the glass bowl.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Took me a minute there.

Well, a lot of rich, famous people aren't that nice to people they don't have to be nice to. Always a marker of character.

– October 02, 2013 12:36 PM
Q.

Or that Gillian Welch is 47 today!

Now if I could just figure out that relationship with David Rawlings. They sure are a great musical pair!
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Haven't heard her name in a while. She was one of my celebrity doppelgangers back in the day. I've seen David Rawlings described as her boyfriend/life-partner -- is there any ambiguity there? Anyway, here they are with Old Crow Medicine Show.

– October 02, 2013 12:37 PM
Q.

re: Clancy

"I'm assuming you weren't making $100K at the time." Good guess. : )
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

That's a line I'd remember, too.

– October 02, 2013 12:37 PM
Q.

tee shirts

I won't shut you down!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Aww.

– October 02, 2013 12:37 PM
Q.

Weapons porn

Have you read any Tom Clancy novels? They have long paragraphs about weapons, weapons systems, people firing weapons, people buying weapons,etc. At least the movie versions were able to focus on the action moments instead of the breathless descriptions of weapons.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

"Is that a pistol in your pocket? Oh, goodie, it IS a pistol in your pocket!" 

– October 02, 2013 12:38 PM
Q.

Halloween Costume

Not to correct you, but I had thought you went recently as one of the characters from All About Eve or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington or Vertigo or something? Or am I mixing that up with someone else?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Oh! You're right. I did! Totally forgot about that. Yes, I went as Margo Channing, which necessitated a close viewing of "All About Eve" until it was almost too late to get dressed and go to the party.

– October 02, 2013 12:39 PM
Q.

The Shutdown

Wasn't it during the last shutdown that Bill Clinton got in all that trouble with Monica Lewinsky?
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Indeed it was.

– October 02, 2013 12:39 PM
Q.

Previous shutdown and pizza

Was Monica Lewinsky an essential employee? Why was she still allowed to be at the White House then? Besides the fact that she was stalking the president...
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Unpaid interns are ESSENTIAL.

– October 02, 2013 12:39 PM
Q.

Woody Allen and his kids

Are any of Woody Allen's children on speaking terms with him? Other than Soon-Yi, of course.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Nope, none of them, by the sound of it.

– October 02, 2013 12:40 PM
Q.

Nats

I like J-Dub, aka the Caveman. Don't care what people say about his personality. And Desi is hot too. Bryce is just too young (my son's only 8 years younger than Bryce!).
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

I agree. Werth is the handsomest guy on the team.

– October 02, 2013 12:40 PM
Q.

WWII VETS

when I read they stormed the gates, it made me think maybe it was good for them to get through one more battlefield, maybe makes the visit more memorable. (sure does for us reading about it).
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

It is a great story.

– October 02, 2013 12:40 PM
Q.

Shutdown photo ops

It takes incredible chutzpah for the Republican representatives whose choices led to the government shutdown to then bleat about letting veterans into memorials that were closed due to the shutdown. I am waiting for the pix of them helping out at soup kitchens for the women and children denied WIC funding.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Well, yes, there's that angle.

– October 02, 2013 12:40 PM
Q.

Shut Down

Just in case there is a Washington Post shut down, everybody knows you guys are essential to us, right?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

And you can prove it by subscribing.

– October 02, 2013 12:42 PM
Q.

Shutdown Line

"Where have you been sequestered all my life? "
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

I dunno --- the word "sequester" lacks romance. Just sayin'.

– October 02, 2013 12:43 PM
Q.

Not The Great Pumpkin, But

Emulate Katie Holmes and be the Slutty Pumpkin! I'm thinking the Headless Horseman might be big this year (I LOVE Sleepy Hollow!).
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Had to Google this one. I'm also about seven seasons behind on " How I Met Your Mother."

– October 02, 2013 12:43 PM
Q.

WWII Veterans

The "storming" of the WWII memorial is complete BS. It was set up by the very same GOP congresscritters who are at fault for the government shut down in the first place. Then they use the veterans as a political prop to bash the Democrats and President at their BS press conference in front of the memorial. I wish that the press (TV "journos" mostly) would not cover it as some sort of amazing stand by the vets.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Political theater.

– October 02, 2013 12:43 PM
Q.

Hots Nationals

How about that Clint guy that oversees the between-inning entertainment? Now there is a good looking fellow.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Aw, there's the Clint fan club weighing in. Clint Khoury actually scaled his hours back this season.

– October 02, 2013 12:46 PM
Q.

"The guy who mowed his lawn"

I grew up in Berkeley, California, in the '50s and '60s, where for years a schoolmate of mine would go along with his gardener-father on Saturday mornings to do the yard of retired Admiral Chester Nimitz. My friend said that Nimitz took a real interest in him, talked about his experiences in WW II, and even lent the boy awesome books on the history of the period, some of which my friend brought to school for show and tell. (Interesting note: my friend's father was Nisei, or second-generation Japanese-American, and this was only a decade or two after the War).
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Nice. Wonder if the kid enlisted in the Navy.

– October 02, 2013 12:48 PM
Q.

Gravity

I love Bullock and Clooney, but do I really want to watch them floating around in space suits for 90 minutes? (reviews have been very good but more for the techie aspects)
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Not open yet, but it's a girl-in-peril movie set in space. I'm not sure how well that plays for non-space fans.

– October 02, 2013 12:49 PM
Q.

HIMYM

lost interest in it a few seasons back, saw the promos of "the mother" and since she's not part of the regular cast have no interest in seeing how it ends.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

I'm interested to see how eight (?) years of clues will be tied together in an interesting way without any loose ends.

– October 02, 2013 12:50 PM
Q.

More Clancy

Actually, I think that interview was in the Washington POst magazine. Also, my middle school English teacher was his neighbor and also thought he was a glass bowl.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Actually, that's kind of a famous story, by our former colleague Peter  Carlson, from 1993, and while I can't Google it up at the moment, looks like they might resurrect it online later today. Part of it is written in mock-Clancy style. And I found the quote someone was asking about. . . 

 

“One of the problems with Congress, very simply, is those people today have the best jobs they’re ever going to have. They’re failures. Well, that’s a little strong. But if $ 120,000 a year is the best job you’ve ever had, you haven’t really done very much.”

– October 02, 2013 12:51 PM
Q.

Meat Costume

Maybe bringing back the Meat dress that Lady Gaga made famous.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

I was going to do that as my costume! But it turns out it's really expensive, among other things, to put together -- unless you're crafty enough to make it out of felt or something.

– October 02, 2013 12:52 PM
Q.

Homeland

Does it get better this season?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Not that I've heard. Hank seems to be warning us away.

– October 02, 2013 12:52 PM
Q.

Woody and Soon-Yi

Do they have any children together? So hard to keep it all straight...
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Actually, I had forgotten this: They adopted two kids, who are now tweens.

– October 02, 2013 12:53 PM
Q.

Tyler's Would-Be Girl Friend

The reason I ask about the Nats is that I have no idea who half of the people you write about in this chat and in your columns are. I have zero interest in politics or politicians. I do, however, know who RGIII and Ovi are. And they are all much better looking than the pols!
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Oh, speaking of Ovechkin! I just swoon for his broken English. This quote from Dave Sheinin's story was a highlight of my week. "Be not like a wolf in the forest anymore." How adorable is that.

– October 02, 2013 12:55 PM
Q.

Richard Gere

Didnt realize he was married since his time with Cindy Crawford.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Yup. Quietly living his post "Sexist Man Alive" life.

– October 02, 2013 12:55 PM
Q.

Speed-reading No-no

I just read "I would pay to see Tyler Moore shirtless" from a previous comment as "I would pay to see Mary Tyler Moore shirtless". Without commenting on the actual allure of Ms. Moore's continuing charms, let's just say it's been a long week....
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Oh, Mair! You can keep your shirt on.

– October 02, 2013 12:56 PM
Q.

Mia Farrow

How much fun is she. Andre Previn, Frank Sinatra, Woody Allen. When I was a kid I think she cut off all her hair because her mom would' not let her date Frank Sinatra.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

What's interesting is why she was catnip for those men.

– October 02, 2013 12:56 PM
Q.

Hottest Bachelor

What about the new Nats pitcher Tanner Roark? He's pretty close to the caveman look. Rowwrrr!
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Yes. And I love that he has a name straight out of a soap opera. Tanner Roark!

– October 02, 2013 12:57 PM
Q.

Lisa De Mornaes

What does she look like?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

What do you think she looks like?

– October 02, 2013 12:57 PM
Q.

Sinatra, Farrow

Am I doing the math right? Frank was 70 would have fathered Ronan and Mia was 43? Did they both drink from the fountain of youth that day? At least Woody would have be a spry 52.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

She was 42 when Ronan was born, but heck, that's young! Frank Sinatra would have been 71 at the time of Ronan's conception, but you know, that's possible too.

– October 02, 2013 12:59 PM
Q.

RE speed reading no-no

I did the same thing, thought -Whoa and went back and reread it. Not a Nats fan so didn't know of Tyler Moore.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

We aim to education. And confuse.

– October 02, 2013 1:00 PM
Q.

Enlisted?

If I was mowing Nimitz's lawn I'd ask for a letter to the Academy!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

I like your spunk, kid.

– October 02, 2013 1:02 PM
Q.

doctor doolittle

I just saw a TCM tweet that they're airing Doctor Doolittle tonight. I haven't seen this since childhood. I fear I'll have the same experience I did, however, after trying to rewatch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang recently. Am i too old or do these movies just not hold up to the test of time? (yes, I realize this is a propos of nothing, but you guys seem like you'd have a thought or two)
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

"Doctor Doolittle" was kind of a notorious bomb at the time it came out, so don't feel bad. I was always fond of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," but it's probably now about three times older than it was when I last saw it so who knows how it holds up.

– October 02, 2013 1:02 PM
Q.

Thread-weaving 101

Hey, if Hollywood can forgive Woody Allen for his sins, I think we can all forgive Tom Clancy's jerk-ness in the name of his weapon-porn/art.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Depends if you appreciate weapon porn. Not my wheelhouse.

– October 02, 2013 1:02 PM
Q.

MIa, Woody, Frank and Soon-Yi

Upon hearing about Woody and Soon-Yi, Frank apparently offered to Mia to have Woody taken care of/beaten up/injured. What a classy guy.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

You know, I've never heard of Ronan Farrow punching anyone, so keep that in mind when considering the evidence.

– October 02, 2013 1:02 PM
Q.

Sequester lack romance?

You are sequestered in my heart!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

That's better....

– October 02, 2013 1:03 PM
Q.

Mia Farrow

maybe she was a manic pixie dream girl back in the day.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Well, she was a pretty little waif...

– October 02, 2013 1:03 PM
Q.

Mia Farrow

I remember Ava Gardner commenting, after Mia married Sinatra, that "she hadn't know Frank liked little boys" until then.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

That's SO Ava...

– October 02, 2013 1:04 PM
Q.

What's interesting is why she was catnip for those men.

I think it's that delicate helpless thing
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Probably.

– October 02, 2013 1:04 PM
Q.

Richard Gere

What Richard Gere era was it when he was sexist man alive?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

1999, the "Runaway Bride" era. This of course was after his stint as one half of the "sexiest couple alive," which was of course his Cindy Crawford, early 90s era. 

– October 02, 2013 1:05 PM
Q.

I just read "I would pay to see Tyler Moore shirtless"

me too. weird feeling for a few seconds
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

I think we're all feeling weird now.

– October 02, 2013 1:05 PM
Q.

What's interesting is why she was catnip for those men.

Well, there was a significant age difference in two cases. BUt what is catnip is always an interesting question. Apparently Pamela Harriman was catnip to some - perhaps many - men because she made them feel like they were the most interesting person in the world. Somewhere along the line, she overcame what were described as plain looks, a large behind and stocky legs by really seeming like she was listening.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Or maybe she really WAS listening.

– October 02, 2013 1:06 PM
Q.

Haloween costume

How about a topless witch?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Too subtle.

– October 02, 2013 1:06 PM
Q.

do I really want to watch them floating around in space suits for 90 minutes

I didn't think watching 2 people tread water for 2 hours would be interesting, but dang it that wasnt a great movie
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Well, point taken. This is why Hollywood executives are rich and I'm not.

– October 02, 2013 1:08 PM
Q.

Chelsea's conception

Do regular people announce publicly that this is the year they will get pregnant? Isn't that putting a lot of pressure on someone(s) who are edging out of the high fertility period?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

The big political story of the day. . . . And, uh, hate to ask a rude question, but how old are you, and what did they teach you in health class? It's an odd announcement for many reasons, but I wouldn't say that a 33-year-old is "edging out" of her fertility quite yet.

– October 02, 2013 1:09 PM
Q.

chitty chitty bang bang

watched a few years ago for the 1st time since I was a kid, liked it even more than I did then actually.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Good to know, thanks for the endorsement.

– October 02, 2013 1:09 PM
Q.

Not to nit-pick...

or start a fight, but if so many people didn't continue to go see dreck like "Midnight in Paris", Hollywood would shun Woody Allen, too. So, it's really those people who deserve our contempt. Just sayin'.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Oh, that was a perfectly fine movie. He made a perfectly fine movie every four or five years. Though, unfortunately, he also continues to make a movie every year.

– October 02, 2013 1:10 PM
Q.

Mia as a little boy

I just streamed "Rosemary's Baby" on Netflix a few nights ago, and Ava wasn't far off the mark. Mia really does look coltish in that film, all long legs and slender frame.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Frankly (no pun intended) we could have easily devoted this entire chat to the Sinatra-Farrow axis and all other relationships spreading out from it. Really, it's a pretty amazing contrast, Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow. Sinatra definitely had some diverse tastes.

– October 02, 2013 1:12 PM
Q.

"Sexist" Man Alive

That's a little judgmental isn't it?
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Oh, hell -- did I type that? That's a common typo for me, and an endlessly funny one.

– October 02, 2013 1:12 PM
Q.

Pamela Harriman

She's one of the few people who got better looking with age (yes, even taking into account the plastic surgery involved).
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

It's a lesson for all women, really. You don't have to be a knockout beauty, or even a minor beauty. It's way more important to have a cultivated mind, to be a witty conversationalist and a generous good listener. Oh, and stupendous in bed. That's probably key.

– October 02, 2013 1:14 PM
Q.

why is the WWII vets disregarding the law a "great story"

is it really admirable that a bunch of old guys disregarded government policies regarding closures, made it incredibly difficult for the park police and others to do their jobs, and had Congressional help doing it? The staffs are already reduced at the National Parks, creating a precedent that it's "great" to bust in just makes their jobs harder. I get that we love WWII vets, but it's kind of a jerk move.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Imagine a bunch of lovable art students breaking into the National Gallery? Uh, no.

– October 02, 2013 1:14 PM
Q.

Bill Nye

The science guy was eliminated from DWTS, not sure what to think of this Amy.
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

I love it -- Bll Nye on DWTS? That's better than anything I could have come up with.

– October 02, 2013 1:14 PM
Q.

Working from home today

And Tom Clancy is on TV talking about Russian nuclear submarines. It may be some sort of cosmic kismet, but it's still pretty freaky. And surprisingly, thanks to this chat, it seems like there a smug jerkiness to everything he says.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Rest in peace, Tom. Or not.

– October 02, 2013 1:15 PM
Q.

Gravity

If I don't want to watch Bullock/Clooney float through space for a couple hours, as a backup plan, is "To Fly" still playing at the Air and Space Museum?
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Amy Argetsinger :

The 1976 jumbo-screen classic is indeed, in theory, still playing at Air and Space -- but you might need some feisty WWII veterans to bust you into the theater this week. 

– October 02, 2013 1:16 PM
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Clancy and Diane Rehm

I seem to recall hearing Diane Rehm say that Clancy was the most glassbowlish guest she ever interviewed (it was a few years ago, so someone else may have surpassed him).
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Amy Argetsinger :

It's been a competitive few years for glassbowlish behavior, so that may well be the case.

 

Hey, before we wrap up, I'd like to thank Tyler Moore's Make-Believe Girlfriend for getting the ball rolling today -- we tease because we love, you know -- and for the rest of you who rallied with your questions. Ultimately, we ended up with more than we could post yet again.

– October 02, 2013 1:18 PM
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Farrow

He seems to have Sinatra's nose.
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Amy Argetsinger :

And eyes. And fashion sense.

– October 02, 2013 1:19 PM
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Halloween costume

Brilliant idea! This year I'm going as Lisa de Moraes, because apparently no one knows what she looks like! I usually don't do drag for All Hallow's, but I'm thinking this is too good to pass up.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Lisa de Moraes would probably dress as Margo Channing for Halloween, and do it SO much better than me. It's really how she dressed most days. Amazing vintage-y wardrobe. But now I'm giving away her secrets, and she would probably hate that.

– October 02, 2013 1:21 PM
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Speaking of the Air & Space Museum

Since they charge $20 per vehicle to park at Udar-Hazy, will the fee-financed parking lot there still be open, even if the museum isn't? Yes, this motorcycle-riding patron is still salty about this policy.
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Amy Argetsinger :
– October 02, 2013 1:22 PM
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maybe she was a manic pixie dream girl back in the day.

OMG you are so right. Mia Farrow was THE first Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Except that she only *looked* like a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She actually always had an unnervingly calm, cool demeanor to go with that waif-like charisma. Really, she was Angelina Jolie before Angelina Jolie was invented.

– October 02, 2013 1:24 PM
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I'm the Sexiest Man Ever Furloughed

Time to go get a free sandwich.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Life has its small rewards, SMEF.

Chatters -- time for us to go. Feds, we're rooting that the shutdown shuts down sooner than later, because those free sandwiches won't last forever. The rest of you: Be nice. And send your tips and sightings to reliablesource@washpost.com. Enjoy these last days of Indian summer, and well talk next week.

 

– October 02, 2013 1:24 PM
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Oh, and stupendous in bed.

Apparently Pam Harriman was not. She was not interested in sex at all, according to a biography I read many years ago. I found that really interesting - the men just needed to feel like they were superstars, she didn't have to do anything but listen.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Ah, even more interesting.

– October 02, 2013 1:24 PM
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Amy Argetsinger :

Okay, now we're really done. Thanks for joining!

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