At Time Inc.'s New York City lunch, 275 of the daughters (and nieces, cousins and friends) of workers at five of the company's magazines listened to speakers describe their childhoods. Our visitors learned that newscaster Jane Pauley felt "invisible" until she found a place—and a voice—on her high school debating team, and that PEOPLE executive editor Susan Toepfer "read while everybody else did sports." But it may have been 4'10" jockey Julie Krone who offered the best insight on self-esteem. When asked if she were ever teased for being short, the winningest woman in horse racing told the audience, "Of course they laugh at me because of my height. But everybody in this room has something they feel different about."
The day offered more than a free lunch. Some White House daughters looked through letters to the First Family (including Socks). Others tried answering missives addressed to Tipper Gore. At PEOPLE, the girls, including "adopted daughters" from The Bronx's St. Pius V High School, designed covers for the magazine using Blossom star Joey Lawrence as cover boy. Summed up Leah Friedman, 10, whose dad is Dick Friedman, one of PEOPLE'S senior editors: "The day was funner than I thought it would be, even though I still think what my dad docs is kind of boring."