In yesterday’s blog, I just wanted to add one follow-up to Judge Doumar’s appointment to the Federal Court bench. I’ll just tell it from memory, and it’s probably mostly true!
I am adding that disclaimer, in case Oprah starts another show; starts picking a blog of the month; has me on to talk about my blogging; I discuss them as truth… wait a second, didn’t that happen to some author already?
While in college, I worked as an intern, and then a staffer in Virginia Congressman William G. Whitehurst’s office. I would go to school in the morning and then rush over to his Norfolk constituent office. So, I was a bit tired on occasion.
One day, I received a call from the Chinese embassy for Congressman Whitehurst. At that office, I was the lowly staffer; so I didn’t understand why the Chinese Ambassador was intent on talking to me. I don’t really remember the conversation but I do remember that I was frustrated, tired and I couldn’t really understand much.
All of a sudden, the voice on the other end started laughing. It turned out to be a lawyer named Wayne Lustig. It made me laugh pretty hard. I later learned that he was very good at doing imitations and was known among the staff to call and do exactly what he had done to me. Congressman Whitehurst even laughed at that.
That leads us to Judge Doumar’s appointment to the Federal bench. Apparently, Wayne Lustig also did a pretty good imitation of President Ronald Reagan. There had been rumor that “lawyer” Doumar was going to be nominated to the bench, but nothing was certain.
The story goes that Judge Doumar received a call from “President Reagan”. Because he had been pranked by Wayne Lustig in prior weeks; he picked up the phone and immediately starting saying something like, “Wayne, you’re not fooling me this time”. Yep… according to the story, President Reagan told “Lawyer” Doumar that he wasn’t Lustig… he really was the President and he really was nominating him to the Federal bench. Supposedly, the President got a good laugh out of it too.
For pic o’ day, Amy M sent me a “lawyer”.