Nancy Reagan shed tears Monday night after seeing a film honoring her husband at the Republican National Convention that had been prepared by Phil Dusenberry, chairman of BBDO
, New York, and Norm Cohen, president of the Normandy Film Group. Clearly overcome, the wife of the ailing former president skipped the scripted thank you that mentioned the ad executives by name. Instead she offered thanks "from the bottom of my heart to the people who put it together." The short film, featuring appearances from individuals as diverse as Lee Iaccocca, Henry Kissinger and Jack Kemp, was hailed by Republican National Chairman Haley Barbour as a "stunningly spectacular job.".
But Mr. Barbour had harsh words for some TV networks he said supplied credentials to Democratic spokesmen and White House officials to attend the Republican convention in San Diego. Mr. Barbour questioned the fairness of the networks interviewing the Democrats from convention booths and said that some Democrats with anchor booth credentials had shown up on the convention floor. While he wouldn't name the networks involved, he said he was talking about George Stephanopoulos, James Carville and Clinton campaign spokeswoman Ann Lewis, among others.