“The Fencing Master” in the May/June 2014 issue suggested that fencing
teacher Dariusz Gilman did not make the Polish national team in 1999. In fact,
he did not make the Olympic national team.
Also in that issue, “Seeing the Light” stated incorrectly that Joanne Shin had
stopped working with her art teacher, Sun Ju Choi. Shin still works with the
teacher, her family says.
Maybe the true “supermom” in the story
(“We Don’t Know How She Does It”)
should have been the poor Asian nanny
who has to play the mom-at-home role
to Missy Lesmes’ children. Her salary
probably goes to support her own family, which hopefully lives in the U.S. and
not someplace far away.
Supermom needs to learn it is not a
tragedy when a decorated Christmas
tree crashes. She should cry over the
10,000 Syrian children who have died
since the war started, or the millions of
children in Africa who never got to see
their fifth birthday.
Maybe we should stop propagating
this “supermom” syndrome by showcas-
ing a working woman who can afford to
outsource her duties at home. It’s a disser-
vice to the less well-to-do moms who truly
work hard both at home and at work.
I read with great interest your piece
about Drew Pearson (“Pay Dirt”) in the
March/April 2014 issue of Bethesda. I
am working on Volume II of the Drew
Pearson Diaries (1960-1969), which the
University of Nebraska Press plans to
publish this fall, so items about Drew
always catch my eye.
Drew was my stepfather and I worked
on “the Farm” starting at age 9. Years later,
I worked as a “leg man” on the column.
Reading your piece took me back to “the
good old days” when we still pulled some
wagons with horses and had a few pigs, one
of which was named after Secretary of State
Edward Stettinius Jr. and won the cham-
pionship at the Montgomery County Fair.
(Drew was one of the founders of the fair.)
Drew never retired and was writing
till the day he died.
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