Paper Trail

Plus: Old Hand; When Fanboys Dream

James says she was startled when CBS went ahead with the broadcast, but she was even more surprised by some of the comments from CBS once the memos were challenged. A September 15 Associated Press story quotes CBS as stating that James played only a "peripheral role" in assessing the documents and that she had seen only one of the documents (August 1, 1972) used in the report. The network said James and Will ultimately deferred to Marcel Matley, who had seen all four documents. James hotly disputes this.

"I never deferred, nor would I ever defer, to another examiner," she says. "I gave them Marcel's name at the time we were all doing our examinations."

She also contests a CBS statement published on September 16 in the Los Angeles Times in which the network stated James and Will "misrepresented their conversations and communication with CBS News" and "did not raise substantial objections or render definitive judgment" on the single document they looked at. Though she says it's true she never rendered a definitive judgment (she says to this day she doesn't have enough information to definitively declare them forgeries), James maintains she did raise substantial objections concerning the validity of the memos and repeatedly asked CBS for more information to complete her analysis. She also finds it curious the network decided to discard the June 24, 1973, memo yet went ahead with the other in the 60 Minutes broadcast.

"I just think that when you have major problems like this, your client should listen to you as a specialist," she says. "If I was the client, I certainly would get the documents required because I would want to know the truth, one way or another." --Mark Stuertz

Old Hand

Kevin is 33, plays the piano by ear, cross-dresses as Tina Turner--though he looks like Oprah doing Tina Turner--bartends, nannies, emcees and is the only Dallasite on Mark Cuban's reality TV series The Benefactor--aside, of course, from Cuban himself.

"The day I got a call from Cuban saying I'd made the show, I was screaming like a white woman," says Kevin, whose last name neither he nor ABC will divulge.

That he screamed like a white woman--or, as he more aptly puts it, like the white women on Oprah, the show he watches religiously--or that he screamed at all comes as a surprise. Kevin's been on TV lots of times.

There was the time, in the early '90s, after he'd dropped out of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, that he sent a tape of himself to the short-lived Joan Rivers Show. Rivers had a feature called "Life Swap," in which she switched jobs for a day with a viewer. Kevin worked at Chuck E. Cheese at the time. Rivers loved it and flew him to New York as one of five "Life Swap" finalists. In the end, she didn't choose him, but he still has a tape of the episode.

In the mid-'90s, Kevin did a drag stand-up routine around Dallas that channeled the aforementioned Turner through the body of Oprah. It killed. Kevin sent a tape to The Maury Povich Show, hoping to be the guy (or gal) who warms up the crowd before taping begins. Instead, he went on the show as a drag queen. Then, two months later, he returned with one of his nine siblings for a "Drag Queen Makeover."

Kevin's dream is to have a talk show of his own. So far, though, the regulars at J.R.'s on Cedar Springs Road, where he tends bar, are the only ones calling.

Which isn't so bad. "Now, I can frown and get a date," Kevin says. --Paul Kix

When Fanboys Dream

It is, by his own admission, "a fanboy dream come true." Two weeks ago, Hillcrest High School grad Greg Pak made his comic-book debut as the writer of Marvel's resurrected Warlock. The title character--"an artificial creation of a group of mad scientists who wanted to use him and his nearly godlike powers to take over the world," as Pak describes him--has been around since 1967 and was a longtime favorite of the sci-fi set. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and illustrated by Jim Starlin, Adam Warlock was a bad guy who became a good guy--and, occasionally, a dead guy. Pak's the latest writer to take over writing Adam Warlock, but he's the first to place the hero in the real world, meaning he won't bump into Spider-Man.

Indeed, the first issue of Warlock begins with newscasts blaring news of troops being killed in an unidentified country. The book's heroine, a designer named Janie Chin, thinks she's fashioning a superhero outfit for a movie and has no idea her threads are going to be worn by a manmade god who's supposed to save the world from "environmental destruction, political and social chaos...and the rise of fundamentalism."

"[Political theorist] Max Weber once wrote about politicians doing the work of the devil, by which he meant that we elect our leaders to make life-and-death decisions that our religions tell us are reserved for God alone," Pak says. "But what happens to a mere human who takes on those kinds of responsibilities?"

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