December 30, 2003
A few years ago, I went to a panel about Columbia University’s obscene sexual harassment policy. One of the panelists was this young, beautiful, brilliant guy who has hilarious and sharp. His name was Jaime Sneider. His introduction noted that he had written for a million different places, among them The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Reason and National Review, and most of these were when he wasn’t old enough to drink yet. Look up his name on google and you get about 300 hits. I dropped him an email about how much I enjoyed his talk and we began an email exchange. That summer he interned at National Review (his Condit-watch pieces had me giggling at my desk) I harassed him on Instant Messenger until he became my friend. He met me for lunch at my then-office at the top of the Chrysler Building. We talked about movies (a film buff, he writes the best reviews for the quirkiest movies) and I tried not to be such a fan. Tried.
Anyway, its years later and we are friends. He’s already done amazing things (I don’t want to say ‘for someone his age’ because he’s done amazing things for someone of any age), among them working as a speechwriter for California gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon, and I expect he’ll continue to do so. He’s had a few sites which he promises to update, his own site, a site dedicated to tracking idiotic celebrity comments and a group blog that is, unfortunately, infrequently updated. I was just honored with reading a chapter of a book he is writing. I hardly ever make predictions, particularly in public, but I want to make one now: Jaime is someone to watch, he will do incredible things.