Long list of names set for Valenti funeral


WASHINGTON -- Jack Valenti's funeral today at St. Matthew's Cathedral reflects the mixture of his life, a heady cocktail of politics and show business laced with a shot of the common man and family friends.

Sprinkled among the famous like actor Kirk Douglas, a lector, are family friend and Houston businessman Theodore Dinerstein, also a lector, and Valenti's long-term drivers Humam Abdul-Malik and Tobar Woolbright, who are among the pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers number in the dozens and include director Steven Spielberg, News Corp. honcho Peter Chernin, Disney boss Robert Iger and producer Steven Bochco and nearly a quorum call of lawmakers including House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sens. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, Joe Biden, D-Del., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., chairman of the House Commerce Committee.

His son John Valenti, Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, attorney and family friend Lloyd Hand and Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Meyer will read from Valenti's soon-to-be-published memoir "This Time. This Place," while Charles Bartlett, a longtime D.C. neighbor and close family friend, will give the eulogy.

Monsignor James D. Watkins is the homilist and Monsignor W. Ronald Jameson is the rector. The pallbearers are Abdul-Malik; MPAA counsel and executive vp Fritz Attaway, nephews Jack Caltagirone and Vincent Thomas Caltagirone; UMG public policy senior vp Matt Gerson; MPAA external affairs senior vp Rich Taylor; son-in-law Patrick Roberts; MPAA state legislative affairs senior vp Vans Stevenson; and Woolbright.

Valenti, a decorated World War II veteran, will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in a later ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Jack Valenti Macular Degeneration Research Fund at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.