Why Is This Man Smiling?

Longtime Island regular Vernon E. Jordan Jr. recently received the 2014 “lifetime achievement award” from American Lawyer magazine for reasons too long to list. Jordan’s first moment in the limelight was in 1961 when, as a clerk to Atlanta civil rights lawyer Donald Hollowell, he escorted another future Island regular, Charlayne Hunter (Gault), and her fellow student Hamilton Holmes through a jeering mob of white racists to the admissions office of the University of Georgia. Now seventy-nine years old, he’s better known on the Vineyard as a friend of POTI, frequenter of Farm Neck, and the man who hosted the birthday party for his wife last summer where Hillary and Barack were supposed to hug and make up. Now that’s what we call power broking.