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Noonan of New York

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Of all the people I've interviewed in my three years of writing profiles here, Peggy Noonan was certainly one of the most memorable (WWD, June 20, page 12). As New York becomes a place less hospitable to creative types, there are fewer and fewer characters to write about. Will there be a group of people a generation from now who are as colorful as Susanne Bartsch, Simon Doonan, Don King, Florent Morellet, Eddie Hayes, Jimmy Breslin, and Peggy Siegal? I don't know and it worries me.


Peggy Noonan is not a person who'd ordinarily be described as a "New York character." For one, she isn't as eccentric as any of these people. Second, her politics are in opposition to all of theirs. But she is a rarity, a Republican gal who chose to remain in a Democratic town. And though she's a serious conservative, she's turned out to be a surprise thorn in George W. Bush's side, a fact that is particularly interesting given that she played a significant role in helping his father win the presidency.

In other words, she's a person who's surprising. And that counts for a lot.

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