John McCaslin

Public relations mogul and author Peter Hannaford, who was spokesman for Ronald Reagan when he was governor of California and who later became senior communications adviser for the Gipper's 1980 presidential campaign, had looked forward to "semiretirement" when he moved last year from Washington to Northern California.

Now he has accepted the post of editorial page editor of the Eureka Reporter, a daily newspaper.

"While I have written a great many op-ed-length articles and am familiar with the discipline, I've never had to write one a day before. In addition, there are syndicated columns to schedule, editorial cartoons to order and letters to the editors and locally generated op-eds to sort through and select for publication," he says.

"My only worry is, where do we find the time to go on a cruise?"


It's not easy getting out of town if you're high-profile couple Ingrid and Fabrizio Aielli, who sold their K Street Italian eatery Teatro Goldoni to Michael Kosmides on Sept. 1.

Shooting the cover of the invitation to their farewell party, to be held this Sunday, proved too much for Metropolitan Police officers, who pursued the popular couple around Washington's monuments as photographer Neshan Naltchayan tried to capture the perfect shot.

Actually threatened with handcuffs, they finally sped off in Mrs. Aielli's white Volkswagen Beetle, fondly nicknamed "mozzarella." No ticket ensued — that they know of — but if one does arrive it will have to be forwarded to the couple's new home in Naples, Fla.

Press scarves

Were you aware that Carol Press, wife of Washington-based TV and radio broadcaster Bill Press, is an award-winning weaver?

In her sun-filled studio behind the couple's home on Capitol Hill, Mrs. Press — "the talented member of the family," notes Mr. Press — designs and weaves bright and colorful rayon-chenille scarves for both women and men.

In fact, her Web site says we've probably seen one of the scarves on TV or in newspapers without realizing it: "On cold Washington days they are worn warmly and proudly by many members of the media, by Broadway stars, by several members of Congress and the Senate and by at least one former president," Mrs. Press says.

Scarves like the one worn by Bill Clinton are sold at some of the country's finest clothing specialty stores, from Julie's Art-to-Wear on New York's Madison Avenue and Art and Soul on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington to the Flying Shuttle in Seattle's Pioneer Square.

She also sells directly from her home studio. In fact, this weekend is Mrs. Press' annual open house: Saturday and Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m., 217 8th St. SE, right around the corner from Eastern Market.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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