A few months after, the newsroom phone rang again. Betty Baker, our irascible office manager, took it. She judged it important enough to interrupt our regular Thursday morning staff meeting. When Betty would burst into the conference room during these meet-ups, you knew it was breaking news. She told the staff that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was at Laurel Woods Elementary, speaking to a group of fifth-graders. My colleague Stephanie Kalinich and I, swung into action. Thanks to Kalinich's impeccable training as an actress — timing and intonation are everything — we were able to talk our way into the school gym, finding seats in the back row, notebooks at the ready. Sure enough, there was the man Anita Hill and liberals would rather forget, cajoling kids to "turn the TV off and do your homework. If you can do this for a week, call me. I'll invite you down for a tour."