Whopper of the Week: Bud Selig

Plus a bonus Thanksgiving Whopper

 “St. Louis is closer to Minneapolis than Milwaukee is.”

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, arguing that the Milwaukee Brewers, in whom Selig maintains a financial interest currently placed in a trust, would not benefit financially from Major League Baseball’s contemplated elimination of the Minnesota Twins. Quoted by Don Walker in the Nov. 14 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Distance between Saint Louis, Missouri, United States and Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, as the crow flies: 464 miles.”

Worldwide “ distance calculator” from Bali and Indonesia on the Net.


Distance between Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States and Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, as the crow flies: 295 miles.”


Note: Derek Zumsteg’s Nov. 19  “The Week in Quotes” column in, from which this item is derived, puts the distance between St. Louis and Minneapolis at “a little more than 600 miles” and the distance between Milwaukee and Minneapolis at “a little more than 300 miles.” Chatterbox assumes Zumsteg calculated by road mileage.


Special Thanksgiving Weekend Bonus Whopper: Peter Bart

“Over several months he will volunteer that he has never once dated a Jewish girl, never attended a seder, and has been inside a synagogue only once, for the bar mitzvah of then-agent Michael Ovitz’s son. (’I wanted to see what one was like.’)”


Amy Wallace’s profile of Variety Editor in Chief Peter Bart in the September Los Angeles Magazine. Wallace’s article was also the basis of this earlier Whopper.

“‘My name is Dorothy Callman,’” she writes. ‘I am Jewish. We dated for three years, were married close to twenty.’”

Letter by Bart’s ex-wife in the December Los Angeles Magazine, as quoted in the Nov. 16 Los Angeles Times. The two married in 1961 and divorced in 1980.

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Whopper Archive:

Nov. 16, 2001: Sara Jane Olson

Nov. 9, 2001: Donald Rumsfeld (item includes retraction)

Nov. 2, 2001: Dick Armey  

Oct. 26, 2001:  Gale Norton

Oct. 19, 2001: State Department Deputy Spokesman Philip Reeker

Oct. 12, 2001: Clarence Thomas

Oct. 5, 2001: Abdul Salam Zaeef

Sept. 27, 2001: Karl Rove, Ari Fleischer, and Dick Cheney

Sept. 20, 2001: Larry C. Johnson

Sept. 13, 2001: Yasser Arafat

Sept. 7, 2001: Tommy Thompson

Aug. 30, 2001: HHS spokesman Bill Pierce

Aug. 23, 2001: Variety Editor Peter Bart

Aug. 17, 2001: Tom Daschle

Aug 10, 2001: Robert Mueller

Aug. 3, 2001: Barbara Olson

July 27, 2001: Jeffrey Archer

July 20, 2001: George W. Bush

July 13, 2001: George W. Bush

July 6, 2001: Sumner Redstone

June 29, 2001: David Brock

June 22, 2001: Edmund Morris

June 15, 2001: George W. Bush

June 8, 2001: Nepali Prince Regent (subsequently, King) Gyanendra

June 1, 2001: Mary McGrory

May 25, 2001: Ari Fleischer

May 18, 2001: York, Pa., Mayor Charles Robertson

May 11, 2001: Ted Olson

May 4, 2001: Rear Adm. Craig Quigley

April 27, 2001: Ben Affleck

April 20, 2001: South Carolina state legislator Chip Limehouse

April 13, 2001: Gray Davis

April 6, 2001: Sumner Redstone

March 30, 2001: Spencer Abraham

March 23, 2001: George W. Bush, Rep. Jennifer Dunn, and/or the Treasury Department

March 16, 2001: George W. Bush

March 9, 2001: Russ Freyman, spokesman, National Association of Manufacturers

March 2, 2001: Paul O’Neill

Feb. 23, 2001: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton

Feb. 16, 2001: Oscar spokesman John Pavlik

Feb. 9, 2001: Lynne Cheney

Feb. 2, 2001: Bobby Thomson

Jan. 26, 2001: Denise Rich