City Paper is not for tourists
When one of Washington City Paper’s staffers—Clara Jeffery—arrived at her Arlington home on the night of Jan. 10, her roommate announced that “Serge somebody” from the Washington Post had called, but when told that Jeffery was still at work said something to the effect of “She works at City Paper? That can’t be right,” and hung up. Intrigued, but not intrigued enough to call the Post, Jeffery went to bed. The mystery was solved two days later when a Page One Post story, co-written by Serge F. Kovaleski, detailed the downfall of House Historian Christina F. Jeffrey. Professor Jeffrey, eventually tracked down by the Posties, was interviewed while “barely unpacked and sitting in the living room of her Arlington town house.” Perhaps the professor is unlisted, perhaps those in search of her can’t spell, regardles, her supporters and detractors continued calling the wrong C. Jeffery for days after the article ran.