Flash Fardon . . .
U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon, 47, who is one good-looking dude, is also fast on his feet.
◆ Translation: Fardon, who was picked by President Obama to replace U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald last year, ran the Boston Marathon in under 3 hours Monday.
That is . . . very, very fast!
◆ How fast? Fardon finished in 2:59:17. That’s just under seven minutes a mile.
◆ Stat chat: Fardon ran the Boston Marathon even faster last year, and finished before the bombs went off − in 2:58:37.
◆ Back shot: Back in August 2012, then-vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told a radio host he once ran a “two hour and fifty-something” marathon.
◆ Buck shot: That turned out to be untrue — Ryan’s best marathon time was 4:01 — a full hour slower, and he ran that when he was a college student!
◆ Sure shot: Fardon, who is known for his amazing memory and ability not to look at notes during an opening statement, has been variously described as extremely humble, “having the face of an affidavit” because he looks so “honest and pure,” “not a showy guy” . . . and “like the new pope.”
◆ Hot shot: I guess we can now add “faster than a speeding bullet.”
Meet Joe Gash . . .
A film based on the late, great Chicago newsman/novelist Bill Granger’s first spy novel, “The November Man,” which was written decades ago, is scheduled for U.S. release Aug. 27 starring actor Pierce Brosnan!
The 1979 book written by Granger — who sometimes used the nom de plume Joe Gash and died of heart failure in 2012 after a series of strokes — once caused an international stir.
◆ Explanation: The book’s plot involved a plot to assassinate a relative of Queen Elizabeth by blowing up a boat. Later that year, Lord Louis Mountbatten, the queen’s cousin, was killed on his fishing boat with an Irish Republican Army bomb.
After the bombing, Granger got calls wondering if he had some advance knowledge of the bomb plot. “Which of course was silly,” Bill’s wife, Lori, told the New York Times.
◆ Final shot: Granger, whose book’s central character was an American agent named Peter Devereux, was heaped with praise in a New York Times book review for combining “Ian Fleming, John le Carre and Trevanian into a heady mix” and handling “all the elements with real virtuosity.”
It’s so wonderful to hear Bill’s name mentioned again. An old friend. A great raconteur. A devoted father.
The Rahm file . . .
Pssst! President Obama’s newly picked White House counsel W. Neil Eggleston, a graduate of Northwestern’s law school, also has a Rahm connection.
◆ To wit: He repped Rahm when he was Obama’s first White House chief of staff during the feds’ probe of allegations Gov. Rod Blagojevich was trying to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat Obama vacated.
Jay & Bey . . .
Now comes tabloid tittletattle pop power couple Jay Z and Beyonce won’t be attending the wedding of pop culture power couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian because they don’t want to be filmed for “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”
◆ Gift gab: Don’t feel too bad for the K couple. J and B are spending $170,000 on a rented honeymoon yacht for their friends, according to the Brit press.
Sneedlings . . .
Congrats to former Notre Dame football player and Chicago band manager, Peter Schivarelli, who will be named Man of the Year Wednesday at Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly’s Kelly Foundation gala . . . Wednesday’s birthdays: Valerie Bertinelli, 54; George Lopez, 53, and Kal Penn, 37.