Jewish World Review Feb. 18, 2004 / 26 Shevat, 5764
John Kerry's Friendster?; On the mend?; food for fraughtm; more
NEW YORK Before her 15 minutes of fame are up, we have maybe 30 seconds to share the fascinating Friendster profile of someone identified as Alexandra Polier.
That's the 27-year-old Columbia University journalism grad who has denied as "completely false" the Internet and British tabloid rumors of a "relationship" with Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry.
The Friendster profile reads: "About Me: just another hot piece of a with a philosophy degree and a love for old movies. I'm afraid of death, hospitals and insects. I can't spell. I like old people. I want to travel the world reporting on injustices while taking the time to enjoy an umbrella drink when appropriate."
There's no way of knowing for sure if these colorful and provocative musings were really posted by Polier, but after checking with folks who know her, I believe they were.
A person listed by the "online social networking community" as a Friendster "friend" said Tuesday that yes, it's the same Alexandra Polier.
The cyberspace Polier who is identified as a "member since May 2003," and most recently logged in last Friday, as the non-scandal was reaching critical mass didn't respond to this column's e-mail asking for verification.
Some profile highlights: "Occupation: journalist/socialite . . . Status: Open Marriage . . . Hometown: Malvern, Pa . . . Interests: doting on yaron, reading bad novels, wedding planning, drinking too much . . . Who I Want to Meet: A spastic, compulsive, insatiable, well-dressed Israeli, with big blue eyes, a philosophy degree, and a cute infant nephew."
"Yaron" is apparently a reference to Yaron Schwartzman, the non-cyberspace Polier's fiance, an Israeli raised in Kenya.
FOOD FOR FRAUGHTM
Are Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright spoiling for a food fight?
Both New York's junior senator and the former secretary of state submitted recipes to the just-published "Clinton Presidential Center Cookbook," a fundraising vehicle for the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation.
Albright's for Czech Sauerkraut Zeli (containing bacon, onion and potato) is accompanied by her sweet-and-sour commentary.
"This is one of my favorite dishes," Albright writes. "I was thrilled to have the opportunity to share it with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton when we visited the Czech Republic together in July of 1996."
During a stroll through Prague, "we stopped at a great authentic restaurant," Albright continues. "When the waiters brought out the small side portion of Zeli, I insisted on more so she could get a real sense of the dish. The chef then went wild, and huge amounts of the stuff were piled in front of us.
"It was evident after the second bite that this was not going to be a favorite of Hillary's. After that, I am convinced she lost confidence in my judgment of food."
Sen. Clinton who supplies that same old recipe for those famous chocolate chip cookies declined my invitation to debate Albright on the Zeli issue.
But her spokesman Philippe Reines offered his own recipe: "Take over a decade of friendship, add dozens of shared challenges, stir in a dash of political firsts and what you have, even with a touch of Sauerkraut Zeli for flavoring, is a bond beyond culinary differences.
"That's my opinion, at least but then again, I'm made up of two parts flackdom: one part tongue, one part cheek."
At least Reines' boss can thank her lucky stars that according to the latest census there are only about 31,000 ethnic Czechs living in New York state.
ON THE MEND?: Never mind recent stories that Michael Jackson's 14-year-old accuser is at death's door. Us Weekly reports that the boy, a cancer survivor, isn't on his deathbed awaiting a kidney donor. Instead, he's enrolled in military school. "He is in great shape," says a source who watched the teenager undergo training exercises in early February. "He's put through his paces several afternoons a week." The man reportedly getting him into marching shape is his mother's boyfriend, a major at the West Coast academy which Us isn't naming for reasons of privacy.
WORRY LINES, BE GONE!: It's premature to celebrate just yet, but defendant Martha Stewart is certainly entitled to a "Super Collagen" treatment after last week's favorable rulings in her securities fraud and obstruction of justice trial. On Sunday, the domestic diva was spotted on the East Side plunking down $145 at the deluxe Mario Badescu spa for a facial featuring the special treatment that "gives the skin a radiant, healthy glow," according to spa literature. "Great before a special event." An acquittal perhaps? If that happens, this column suggests that Stewart comp a spa day to Federal Judge Miriam Cedarbaum who on Friday denied prosecutors the right to call certain expert witnesses and introduce certain phone records.
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