publication date: Sunday, December 20, 2009 (part of Round XLI)
clue: Defending yourself from attacks by other mayoral candidates is normal, but defending against barbs from a late-night talk show host is not.
explanation: Booker was the mayor of Newark whose September 2009 feud with Conan O'Brien landed him a guest appearance on The Tonight Show. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Aaron Shurtleff, David Mitzman, Scott Horowitz, and Walter Chesser
|This goo was part of 2009 Year in Review. These ordinary people became overnight celebrities, inspiring the headlines that made 2009 memorable.|