Thursday, January 21, 1999

Champagne, Caviar and Rude Rabbits!

Thursday ended in the stunning Webster Hall with chubby trapeze artists flying above and rude (Intel-sponsored) rabbits gesticulating around. It was the "Cool Site of the Year" awards, dahlin, and if you were there, you know that Robin Leech will probably have NOTHING to do with NY new media again! His disgust at the audience, which was just your typical mass new media hypsters in full-networking regalia and agenda, was quite apparent in his cold looks and puffs of trying to silence us. Even two of New York's local new media competitive publishers were schmoozing together! In addition to air-kissing the regulars to the scene I met Edmund Bogen, pres. of Bogen PR and Michael Bolanos, pres. and CEO of Entertainment Drive. Ron Bloom, chairman & CEO of THINK New Ideas came out for the show, and Ed Bennett introduced me to J. Riley McDonough and Dorothy Frank of, which is his newest gig. Molly Wright Steenson, an original Silicon Alley-er, who now habitates in San Francisco was here, in an appropriately STUNNING dress for her personal site nomination of CSOTY. Christine Harmel of Interactive Resources was a breath of fresh air in a springy outfit. And we paled-around in our matching pearls for photo opps. Doug Propp, documentarian and brother of James Propp, of the CSOTYear, was there in support too. Setting the standard, the Industry Standard crew was out in full force: Jeff Lundwall, Liz Kafka and of course, NY Bureau Chief Jim Ledbetter, who was jet-setting off to one of my favorite towns--New Orleans!

Whew! What a Thursday!