The Date: May 8, 2007
The Venue: Jazz at Lincoln Center, Time Warner Center, New York
The Crowd: Some of Time's annual list of 100 "Most Influential People in the World," media biggies and guests, all glammed up in black tie.
The Food: Elegant hors d'oeuvres, then dinner at tables mixing the influencers and the influenced
The Drinks: Open bars that made everyone feel powerful
Freeloader came close this year, but better luck in '08!
From the 'New York Post'Keith Kelly's take on the seating chart
We would love to talk about the Central Park views, the hors d'oeuvres and the way that the black-tie Time 100 Gala reflected the modern media business -- but really all anyone talked about last night were the Time 100 themselves. This year's list included Queen Elizabeth II, Rick Rubin, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Allen, George Clooney, Warren Buffett, Nancy Pelosi, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kate Moss, Justin Timberlake and Google/YouTube's Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, so everyone at the party spent most of their time discussing who actually came and how each looked.
Personally, Freeloader had arrived armed with what we thought was a decent joke to justify our presence: We were No. 101 on the list, just missing Time's cutoff, but snagged a sympathy invite. When we tried it out on Fishbowl NY's Dylan Stableford, though, he had already thought of it. Then Ana Marie Cox, Washington editor at Time.com, used the same line.
So we went back to star-gazing, spotting or hearing about encounters with list members including John Mayer, Elizabeth Edwards, Brian Grazer, Michael J. Fox, Cate Blanchett, Garry Kasparov, America Ferrera, Simon Fuller and Youssou N'Dour. Media pros in attendance also included Richard Parsons, Ann Moore, Richard Stengel, Tom Freston, Arianna Huffington, Harvey Weinstein, Dave Zinczenko, John Huey, Dan Abrams, Jared Kushner, Corynne Steindler and Doree Shafrir.
You get the idea -- it was kind of exhausting. But even after the dinner many people stuck around and kept the night going far later than media events can usually survive. Definitely an influential crowd.