Friday, June 21, 2024

SHOCKER! National Enquirer Celebrates 90th Anniversary in Style with Obama, Clinton, Trump and Elvis!


Elvis is alive! So is Michael Jackson! Frequently on the cover of the National Enquirer, the two entertainers showed up last night for a swell gathering atop the Trump Soho hotel. They were there to help publisher David Pecker celebrate the supermarket tabloid’s 90th anniversary in style.

Not only were Elvis and Michael there, but also Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Barack Obama and Tiger Woods. Since the real people wouldn’t — or couldn’t — attend, Pecker’s team hired some dead on celebrity lookalikes, and they were better than the real thing.

Pecker, who has saved the Enquirer and his company American Media time after time from financial oblivion, was in rare form. He deserves a round of applause for saving and maintaining the thorn in celebrity and politicians’ sides that was run for years in the bad old days by Generoso Pope. Pecker even showed a clip from “60 Minutes” in which Mike Wallace tried to get Pope to admit that the old Enquirer was owned by the mob. Even Wallace, who used to reduce his interview subjects to tears, couldn’t get to first base on that one!

With the New York skyline lit up (the view from the top floor of this hotel is just stunning), Pecker welcomed quite a New York crew: conservative columnist Dick Morris, former DA Jeannie Pirro, Fox5’s Rosanna Scotto, NY Post gossip legend Richard Johnson, Michael Jackson hunter Diane Dimond and her WCBS Radio newcaster husband Michael Schoen, plus power publicists Norah Lawlor (with husband Jeffrey Bradford), and Matthew Hiltzik, muckracker John Connolly and music industry historian Dorothy Carvello, New York Observer editor in chief Ken Kurson, plus Enquirer editors Dylan Howard and Lachlan Cartwright.

Not all of these people get along during the day, but last night there was a truce. I even let Diane Dimond take a photo of me with the Michael Jackson impersonator. (He was very nice, actually.)

By the way, Elvis told me he’s living in Michigan!

Happy birthday, National Enquirer! 90 is the new 80!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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