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The Throaties

Ray Villafane sculpts a pumpkin in his basement studio. From the CBS Evening News, Oct. 25, 2010.
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On Sunday night, the Tony Awards were handed out in New York for the best Broadway plays, but here in Washington folks were still fixated on the drama that premiered on June 16, 1972.

Maybe I've been in the news business too long or maybe I'm just nosy, but my vision of heaven is that it is the place of ultimate truth where all mysteries will be solved. Last Wednesday, learning the identity of Deep Throat was a little bit of heaven on earth. But who knew that that after 33 years the story behind the story of who Deep Throat was would be as entertaining as finding out the name of the source.

Almost every June for the past three decades news organizations have tried to think up new angles to keep the fascination with Watergate alive. This year, we finally got the real deal and a lot of new fodder as well. So before we let go of the story of a generation, the CBS News Political Unit would like to present the first annual Throaties, our awards for excellence in political drama:

For Best Wife: Up until now everyone's favorite Watergate wife was Martha Mitchell, the loudmouth wife of Nixon's attorney general, who was given to late-night phone calls. But last week, Nora Ephron, former wife of Carl Bernstein, took the award. For years she has been telling people that Deep Throat was Mark Felt and no one paid attention. No, Carl Bernstein didn't tell her - he never would have been so stupid, she says - but she made a very educated guess and told everyone she knew.

For Greatest Shock Value: John D. O'Connor. Not for the revelation of Deep Throat, though that was pretty good, but for the fact that O'Connor, the lawyer and author of the Vanity Fair story, had the biggest political blockbuster in years and couldn't find a publisher. He wound up with a meager $10,000 fee for writing the article. In a period where people are willing to publish almost any political book, like John Edwards new one about the architecture of famous people's first homes, this is astounding.