Seen the wedding announcement in the New York Times?
By the time you read this, Josiah Quinn Crowninshield Bradlee and Pary Anbaz-Williamson may actually be man and wife. The wedding was set for today at the Washington National Cathedral (mentioned in The Solomon Scandals, complete with a moon-rock reference).
He has worked on videos and a recent HBO documentary on learning disabilities, and she is a yoga instructor and private personal trainer; but, of course, there is a lot more to this story than careers and accompanying challenges.
For latecomers, Quinn is the son of Washington Post writer and socialite Sally Quinn and Watergate editor Ben Bradlee. Ms. Anbaz-Williamson’s father, we learn through the Times, was an officer in the pre-revolution Iranian air force. I don’t know either groom or bride; but from afar, my best wishes to the couple and their families, including Cheryl Osgood (Ms. Williamson-Anbaz’s mother) and Mozaffar Anbaz (her father).
The Solomon Scandals novel is in part about D.C. values and culture, mostly the scary side. But in the treatment of young Quinn by his parents, we see some very non-fictitious positives.
Sally Quinn, as his writings make obvious, placed him ahead of her career despite the many challenges from his medical condition and related learning disabilities. And Ben Bradlee did far more than most fathers would have in his situation.
I doubt that many among the D.C. Power People would have shown the same love, devotion and sustained aplomb.
Ms. Quinn is not without flaws, as the dueling weddings controversy once again reminded us. But I find it distasteful that her detractors so often have struck back at her through insulting references to Quinn.
Well, enough of that. Congratulations to all!
Update, 2:40 p.m.: It’ll be fascinating to see how the Washington Post handles this story. Two factors, among others: (1) the need not to overdo coverage even if Quinn is the son of two Post legends and (2) the desire to get over the dueling weddings controversy. I do think Quinn Bradlee merits more than just a few paragraphs of coverage based in part on his good works in the fight against velocardiofacial syndrome. He could easily have just coasted along on his parents’ wealth and fame. Some say the New York Times underplayed the announcement.