March 29, 1995
He started in the kitchen as a dishwasher, when he was 14. At 15, he became a cook, and at 16 a restaurant manager. At 25 or so, he began to think of himself as a chef. Now, at 45, he is an accomplished chef who is soon to be a restaurateur. You could say he did everything the old-fashioned way, but Ed Rogers would probably just call it his way.Sitting in the intimate dining room at Raphael's in Little Italy on a crisp spring day, he reminisced about the early days in his career, and about his plans for the near future, which include a new restaurant venture in Mount Vernon.
September 5, 1993
It was easy for Ed Rogers to get hooked on golf. He was 10, his family lived a block from the old Maryland Country Club(located on Park Heights Avenue inside the city line), and he remembers sneaking out to play evenings with several friends.Rogers' association with the game still is going strong today. Now 80, he recently won his "eighth or ninth" men's nine-hole club championship at the Suburban Club. Such is the character of the man, he chose not not to name the loser or the score. "We're good friends and neither of us played very well," he said.
November 6, 1991
Washington RELAX, everybody -- the White House counsel has "investigated" the case of the departing Sununu aide with no legal experience who was hired for $600,000 by a BCCI figure, and rendered this verdict: Nobody did anything wrong.Influence peddling? An attempt by intermediaries to obstruct justice? Forget it. Sununu's man agrees to give back the money; case closed.Much relieved, the Republican Justice Department hastily announces it accepts the predetermined result of the White House "inquiry" and will not investigate.
October 29, 1991
Washington -- ON JULY 23, acting on a tip from an informant familiar with the political reach of BCCI, I posed this question to White House counsel Boyden Gray: Did John Sununu have any dealings with BCCI or its subsidiaries?Gray checked and called back promptly: "No. A flat denial." Accordingly, I wrote nothing; an unequivocal denial through the president's attorney squelches a rumor.However, we now know that at about that time, Ed Rogers -- Sununu's right-hand man, political protege and personal press agent -- was in the process of being hired by Sheik Kamal Adham, the former chief of Saudi intelligence suspected of being at the heart of the biggest swindle in history.