Letter to Romenesko
From DENNIS WILEN: In April 2011, I was the editor of AOL’s Brentwood Patch in Los Angeles. (That May I was fired for alleged racism; you covered it.)
In April 2011, Donald Trump was making “birther” noises and I remembered that he had been in my class at the University of Pennsylvania. I looked for him in our college yearbook, but he wasn’t there.
Donald Trump (but not his Penn yearbook photo)
Although the story was popular, it never got as big as I had hoped. And I got fired a few weeks later.
Earlier this week, Trump was bragging about his success at Penn’s Wharton School, contrasting it with Senator John McCain’s Annapolis performance.
Nancy Dillon, LA Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, found my old story and called for comments:
TUESDAY: New York Daily News
Talk show hosts Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes of WGN in Chicago were next:
WEDNESDAY: “Donald Trump was my college classmate”
And last night I was on “Access Hollywood,” thumbing through the Penn yearbook looking for Donald:
THURSDAY: “Access Hollywood” (I start @ 1:55)
What have I learned?
* It’s possible to be briefly famous in 2015 for NOT KNOWING SOMEONE in 1967-68
* I was right about that story. And it outlasted Brentwood Patch. ;-)