Roger Clinton just doesn't get it. On Oct. 13, the First Brother exchanged some choice words with a young woman who battled him over a table at a roadside bar-cum-bowling alley in Lakewood, N.J. "He can't keep getting into fights in bars because he's the President's brother," said Clinton's incensed manager, Butch Stone, who put the singer on 30-day notice.
Stone, a close friend of the President's, says that these incidents—this is the third since brother Bill look office—have not sat well with Roger's record company. Make that former record company. Roger and his band, the Politics, originally signed to a $200,000 recording deal with Atlantic Records, have now been turned over to Great Pyramid Records, a small Chattanooga company. "We feel a brand-new artist is better with a smaller label, regardless of who's their brother," says an Atlantic spokesman.
THE PACKWOOD DIARIES
Perhaps not since Rose Mary Woods transcribed secret White House tapes for Richard Nixon has one woman known so much that could cause so much trouble. The Senate Ethics Committee, considering allegations of sexual misconduct, wants to see the personal diaries—8,200 single-spaced pages of them—of Sen. Hob Pack-wood (R.-Oreg.), said to include accounts of his colleagues' sexual peccadilloes. It might also want to talk to his former secretary, Cathy Cormack, 49, who has been typing his diaries for more than two decades—even though she is now a Washington real estate agent and no longer on his staff. "She's up to her eyeballs in it," says a source in the Packwood camp. "I don't think he would trust anyone else with them."
NO MORE GREY EMINENCE
It was too good to be true. We're talking, of course, about White House heartthrob George Stephanopoulos and actress Jennifer Grey, once of Dirty Dancing fame. Jennifer set her sights on George during the campaign, sending him a note and calling for his birthday—to no avail. Something about a longtime girlfriend in Lf Philadelphia. Then a mutual friend fixed them up in March, and all seemed to be bliss. In July, George was seen backstage at the Kennedy Center, where Jennifer was performing in the comedy-drama The Twilight of the Golds. Next, he was seen at the play's San Francisco opening in August. Now, sources say, the fling is a thing of the past, and George is once again seeking solace in Philly.
PEPPERMINT PATTY JONES
She was born Minnie Lee Jones, the eldest of eight children born to Curtis and Haller Jones, rural Arkansas sharecroppers. But now, as Joycelyn Elders, she is the U.S. Surgeon General. Elders, 60, was named Minnie Lee—for her paternal grandmother—and known as Little Minnie throughout her childhood. After winning a scholarship to Philander Smith College in Little Rock, she changed her name to Joycelyn when she "saw it on a peppermint stick candy wrapper."