Why Women Write Better Human Interest Stories

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 11.38.23 AMBy Jack Limpert

For 35 years I crossed paths with Marion Barry—he served four terms as mayor of the District of Columbia—but when the Washingtonian, after Barry’s death on Sunday morning, asked if I had any good anecdotes about him I had to confess I didn’t.

I asked my wife, Jean, if she had any Marion Barry memories. “Oh, yeah,” she said. “He came to one of the magazine’s holiday parties and we were talking and a cute young girl walked by and he stopped talking to me in mid-sentence and took her arm and said, “Hi, how are you, I’m Marion Barry.”
Here’s a Washingtonian Reader on Marion Barry. It includes a link to the December 1984 cover story, “The Charmed Life of Marion Barry,” as well as a link to “Boss Barry,” a 10-page May 1980 feature that asked, “Is DC Mayor Marion Barry saving the city or sinking it?”

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