Teddy Roosevelt had just assumed the presidency of the United States when Georgetown University Jesuit priest the Rev. James A. Martin was born.
Last night, a gracious Father Martin welcomed a handful of his closest friends to the university campus for Mass and dinner in celebration of his extraordinary 105th birthday.
Father Martin, who this columnist first met when he was in residence at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Old Town Alexandria, attended St. Joseph's Prep School in Philadelphia. He began his novitiate studies in Yonkers, N.Y., followed by a Jesuit course of studies that would last more than 10 years.
He taught and coached sports at Jesuit schools stretching from the Philippines to Washington, where at Georgetown he was assistant dean of men and assistant athletic director. He credits his unfailing energy to being active and playing all types of sports, which he loves.
Father Martin said a few years ago that he never expected to live to see 100. Which makes it that much more special now to wish him a happy 105th, and many more.
"Jenna has always liked Texas, more than her sister, Barbara," author Ronald Kessler explained to Inside the Beltway yesterday, after disclosing this week that presidential daughter Jenna Bush apparently won't be having the first White House wedding since President Nixon's daughter Tricia walked down the Rose Garden aisle.
"Jenna chose, for example, to go to the University of Texas, while Barbara went to Yale."
Miss Bush and Virginian Henry Hager recently announced their engagement, and according to Mr. Kessler, who posted his wedding announcement-of-sorts on NewsMax.com, the couple is tentatively planning a May ceremony at President Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch.
We've learned that the liberal political action committee America Coming Together (ACT) was hit this week with the third-largest civil penalty in the Federal Election Commission's 33-year history, involving violations of federal campaign-finance laws during the 2004 presidential election.
ACT must now pay $775,000 to settle charges that it used funds raised outside federal limits and source prohibitions to pay for expenses that should have been paid with funds raised within the federal contribution limits and prohibitions, according to the FEC, which says ACT raised an estimated $137 million for the 2004 elections.
In addition, the FEC released a separate factual and legal analysis addressing reports of illegal in-kind contributions made by ACT to both the Democratic National Committee and John Kerry for President. It says its investigation uncovered no evidence of coordination between those organizations and ACT.
Now when you tell your children about the man on the moon, you won't be kidding.
"And unlike an earlier era, we're going back to the moon to stay," says NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale, who reveals that by the end of 2007 "all major contracts" to reach the moon will have been awarded by the U.S. government.
"This sounds like a dream — and it started that way — but it is now becoming a reality," she noted in recent days, referring to the Ares I rocket, which will lift a Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle into orbit; and the Ares V rocket, which will serve as the heavy-lift vehicle.
Both rockets will propel the Orion crew and all of the equipment they will need to the moon, where a permanent human settlement will begin to take shape.
"The notion that women don't have a voice in today's media is totally bizarre. I can't even watch a NFL game without seeing a feature story about a linebacker that reads 'Goodnight, Moon' to preschoolers in his spare time."
So reacts Lisa De Pasquale, Conservative Political Action Conference director at the American Conservative Union, who is not surprised that GreenStone Media already has announced the end of its barely one-year-old "all-women, all-whining, all-the-time radio network."
In the year since its inception, GreenStone's women's programming was picked up by only 11 stations, despite millions of dollars in financial backing that was ponied up by Gloria Steinem, Rosie O'Donnell, Billie Jean King and Jane Fonda.