I’ve been thinking about some of the famous duos that emerged in the 20th century: Batman and Robin, Ross and Rachel, Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards, Montana and Rice, Mantle and Maris, Martin and Lewis, Lucy and Desi….They cut across the panorama of popular culture.
How many of them lasted? Okay, Batman and Robin – but they’re fictional. And Ross and Rachel’s reunion was a put up job for ratings – and they’re fictional (sigh of relief). Jagger and Richards haven’t really been a dynamic duo since, arguably, It’s Only Rock and Roll (I don’t want to hear about Some Girls – the biggest song from that album was a disco tune). The rest, whether we like it or not, are relegated to “that dustbin” we call history.
Why bring this subject of duos up? It’s the 35th anniversary of the Watergate break-in. And of the forming of the unlikely duo – who became stars as a result of their reporting on that seemingly petty offense that led to the resignation of the guy who’s keeping George W. Bush from achieving the top spot as “worst U.S. President of all time” – Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
Editor and Publisher offers an article on Bernstein on the occasion of this, to him at least, star-crossed anniversary.