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September 28, 2004

Robin Himmler


"You can see Mr. Trump now."

With apologies to Maxim for borrowing their documentary efforts. You would not believe how difficult it is to find web materials on the supporting cast of The Apprentice, a subject of obvious import. So who is Donald Trump's mysterious receptionist? The Apprentice' Robin Himmler is not the fake some have claimed.

When Robin Himmler ushers the apprentices into her boss' private office on The Apprentice, she's not only acting, she's working. Himmler, who has been one of Donald Trump's executive assistants for four years, was conscripted into service in that same job for her bit part on Trump's NBC series.

"It's definitely been an experience," Himmler said, declining to comment on whether she received extra pay for the TV gig.

Enquiring minds want to know how you get through high school with a last name like Himmler.

And then... An article by Charlie McCollum writing for the San Jose Mercury News (Thu, Apr. 15, 2004) makes a peculiar claim (emphasis added).

Even the smallest parts of ``The Apprentice'' clicked. Carolyn Kepcher, the frosty blond who is executive vice president of Trump National Golf Club, and George Ross, Trump's grandfatherly general counsel, have achieved a certain iconic stature while helping the Donald pick the losers. Robin Himmler, a Trump assistant who acts as gatekeeper to the boardroom, has Web sites devoted to her.

Not that I can find. Shades of Stephen Glass? I know it is a minor detail in a puff piece for a smallish newspaper... but Mr. McCollum, as an Apprentice fan looking for these fansites, could you please point me to one? Have they disappeared since season one? Or was this just padding out the end of a paragraph?

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 28, 2004 05:57 AM

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How do you get through high school with a name like Himmler? Have you looked at her?

She could be named Gunga Freakin' Din and she wouldn't get razzed!

Posted by: Damian at September 28, 2004 09:46 AM

I see your point!

Posted by: Flea at September 28, 2004 11:19 PM

The San Jose Murky News is my local - a pretty lame newspaper at best, a mouthpiece for the AP and NYT most all the time.
Most of the writers came to Silicon Valley during the height of the .com boom from elsewhere to cherrypick a plum assignment - they don't have local roots.

Posted by: -keith in mtn. view at September 29, 2004 03:05 PM