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Dr. Jannie Van Lanker
Dr. Jannie Van Lanker

“Well, I have to say it is with some trepidation that I accepted this invitation and that I take the stand before you because I think it is safe to say, there are few things more dangerous than being introduced by somebody who knows you,” said Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman at the residence of The Ambassador of France in partnership with The Institute for Education and Coach Kathy Kemper for a public policy round-table and dinner.  “I think you’ve seen why that is the case. I fully will own everything about Judge Judy and Tony Kornheiser. I deny all the rest,” he said after his introduction by his wife, Dr. Jannie Van Lancker.

The intro went like this: “He and his mother actually made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles to meet Judge Judy and her bailiff. He got to meet her and the entire crew. That absolutely made his year, ’cause he likes to say he got to visit the highest court in the land. Another favorite pastime of his is listening to podcasts. Now, in fairness, he does say it’s a great way to learn when you don’t have a lot of time. So some of his recent favorites have been The History of Rome or The Tony Kornheiser Show. Now, this seems innocuous enough, but he loves to listen to them at the most inopportune times. For example, try taking a long road trip with him. He is a bad road trip buddy. Maybe it’s just an excuse not to talk; I don’t ask him. My personal least favorite time is when he’s getting ready in the morning and showering. Do you know what it’s like waking up hearing Tony Kornheiser’s coarse voice first thing in the morning every morning?  When I think about Ajit, the qualities that I most want people to know that I don’t think are ever truly portrayed in the media is his kindness and his genuine interest in other people and their stories and situations. I used to be his handler at many social events because we would never leave. Lastly, what I admire most about Ajit is his humor, grace, and bravery, particularly when faced with adversity.”