Sunday, January 16, 2000

Even Sarah picks 'bums'




BY JIM KNIPPENBERG
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Will those who need help picking up men please raise their hands? That many, 'eh? You need Sarah Jessica Parker, former Cincinnatian and Sex and the City star.

        She's cover girl for the February Marie Claire. The slick lifestyle magazine features her “Playing Cupid.”

        The idea? She takes three single women to trendy Manhattan bars, champagne bars mostly, and plays Cupid. After a limo ride to find out their “types” and advise them “chins up, breasts out,” Parker used her radar to scope out a bar, find a man, make the first move and then do the intros.

        Turns out she's good at it. By evening's end, the women, early '30s and professionals, all had dates lined up.

        But she's not as good as the women hoped. At the piece's end, we find one guy skipped town before the date; one was so grotesque the woman was screening calls; and one guy was “trouble.”

        Conclusion? Men are pigs.

        FROM THE BENCH: Well dang, here's a great way to start the century: Open a national publication and find four full pages all about you.

        Such as U.S. Magistrate Judge Jack Sherman, profiled in gigantic depth in January's Federal Lawyer, circulating in federal courthouses, law schools, things like that. The bible of the industry, don't you know.

        Written by Sherman's own law clerk, Mike Newman, it details his background: Biology teacher who went to law school at night, graduated in '69, former member of the prosecutor's staff, former Municipal Court and Common Pleas judge, former Ohio assistant attorney general.

        But the bulk is about his conviction that “lawyers are agents of positive societal change,” and how he puts it into practice ...

        • It talks about his work with attorney Bea Larsen in founding Roundtable, a program where the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Black Lawyers Association team up to get internships for minority law students and foster the hiring and retention of minority lawyers.

        • His role, also with Larsen, in founding Food for Thought, periodic dinners that bring together “lawyers of different racial, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, along with their families and friends ... to come together in a comfortable, non-intimidating environment to share viewpoints, engage in a free exchange of ideas, overcome stereotypes and spend time together in the spirit of fun.”

        • Plus Lawyer to Lawyer and Side by Side, programs that pair minority and non-minority lawyers in a variety of situations.

        Whew!

        98` AGAIN: Merciful heavens, is it possible to buy a magazine today and not find Cincinnati's 98` somewhere in it?

        We think not. Witness Twist's glitzy winter theme issue subtitled “Guys Decoded.”

        Not only is 98` on the cover, the four-piece boy band is also a 3-page feature called “Can You Feel the Heat!” — interviews with members Jeff Timmons, Nick and Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre about their likes, dislikes, kinds of women they're looking for, pet peeves, favorite foods and great memories.

        That's not all: There's also a full-page invitation to readers to “Help Us Interview 98`.” It's an essay contest, this, where the winner gets 20 minutes on the phone with the guys, and never mind that there's not a single thing 50 zillion other interviewers haven't already asked.

        Knip's Eye View appears Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Have an item to report? Call Jim Knippenberg at 768-8513; fax: 768-8330.