Jewish World Review April 2, 2004 / 12 Nissan, 5764

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Don't mess with Brooke Hogan's dad; lawyers dancing on the head of a pin?; Trump vs. Trump?; more | NEW YORK — Here's a dad you don't want to see when you pick up his daughter for a date: Hulk Hogan.

Even though the 54-year-old '80s flashback is currently hobbling around on crutches due to a wrestling injury from a recent tour of Japan, he's been scaring off any and all suitors for his only daughter, 15-year-old Brooke.

The blonde, 5-foot-10-inch ninth-grader is an aspiring pop tart managed by Backstreet Boys impresario Lou Pearlman — and recently, the limping Hulk chaperoned his daughter to Orlando for a showcase performance.

"I got a problem," he revealed to this column. "She's 15 and beautiful. . . . The way she runs around during the day is perfect. . . . But when you put stage makeup on these young kids, she's perceived as being older, so we have these 22-year-old guys calling."

Hogan gruffly rejects the maxim of onetime wrestling manager Cyndi Lauper, the Reagan-era pop star who sang "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

"I tell them, she's not old enough to date yet," Hogan said, getting irate even at the thought. "Yes, you're 22, yes, you have a nice Corvette, but she's 15! There's nothing to talk about!"

He added: "She'll be old enough to date when she's 35."

Hogan plans to be his daughter's full-time handler in the firm belief that she's destined for stardom. "When you see her on that stage," the proud dad said, "I've never seen anybody that steps up to the plate like my daughter."

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American Lawyer editor-in-chief Aric Press has been after Steven Brill, the magazine's founder and former owner, to come to a dinner and participate in a documentary feting the influential mag's 25th anniversary.

But so far Brill is refusing because American Lawyer — which he sold to Time Warner in 1997 — plans to pocket the profits from the $9,000-a-table gala at Cipriani on 42nd St. on April 28.

What's wrong with that?

Financier Bruce Wasserstein, the mag's current owner, demanded an answer Wednesday night when he buttonholed Brill at a book party for Washington Post managing editor and "Ghost Wars" author Steve Coll at the East Side residence of Harry Evans and Tina Brown.

"Why don't you just do this?" Wasserstein cajoled Brill, who was standing amid the high-powered crowd with superlawyer David Boies and yours truly.

Brill explained that it "creates an appearance problem" for the mag to look like it's shaking down a captive audience — the law firms and lawyers it aggressively covers — in order to make a buck.

Especially a magazine that announces on its Web site: "We're not much for self-aggrandizement."

It would be better if American Lawyer donated the dinner's proceeds (about $600,000, minus expenses) to a legal services center or some other worthy cause, Brill said.

But Wasserstein, who also owns New York magazine, wouldn't budge, arguing that American Lawyer's money-making scheme was no different from selling ads.

"Why don't we let David Boies be the arbiter?" Brill said.

On cue, Boies declared: "Are you kidding, Bruce? That's way over the line!"

On Thursday, top editor Press told me that the mag intends to donate $65,000 to Equal Justice Works, a public interest law foundation in Washington, D.C., and keep the rest.

As for the motives of the distinguished dinnergoers, some of whom will be getting awards from the mag, "These are not people throwing money at us to curry favor, and it certainly has no impact on our editorial independence," Press said.

Brill told me: "I just thought it was something American Lawyer shouldn't do and Bruce Wasserstein wouldn't want to do. So I raised it with him, and I think it's going to be resolved."


TRUMP VS. TRUMP?: Is Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump's 22-year-old daughter, planning to compete with her dad? At Wednesday night's opening bash for Greenwich Village hot spot Table 50, she was fretting over an early-morning job interview with a rival boutique real estate developer. "I have to leave early because I have a second call-back interview tomorrow morning for another firm," the leggy Wharton Business School grad told this column's spy before leaving the party. But I'm told that after learning the business outside the spotlight, Ivanka still wants to join the Trump Organization.

DIVORCED FROM POLITICS: New School University President Bob Kerrey, a member of the 9/11 Commission, was amused the other day when a reporter from another tabloid grilled Commission Chairman Tom Kean about the potential impact if presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry chose Kerrey as a running mate. "The chances of that happening — of him asking or of me accepting — are slim to none," the once-divorced and recently remarried Kerrey told The New York Daily News' James Gordon Meek Thursday. "The only way I'm going to run is if I'm willing to tolerate the consequences of having two ex-wives. And I'm not!"

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