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Janice Pottker is a Potomac, Maryland, author. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University. She has lectured for the Smithsonian Institution, for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and for the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Around 1990[when?] she wrote an article for Regardie's, a magazine that covered the Washington business area, about Feld Entertainment. The CEO of Feld, Kenneth Jeffrey Feld paid Clair George and his assistant Robert Eringer $2.3 million to wiretap, bug and spy on Pottker.[not in citation given]
- "Jan Pottker". Janice Pottker. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
- "The Greatest Vendetta on Earth". Salon.com. August 30, 2001. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
On a gloomy Veterans Day in 1998, Janice Pottker answered an unexpected knock on the door of her home in Potomac, Md., a woodsy, upscale suburb of Washington. Standing there was a man she'd never seen before, a private detective who introduced himself as Tim Tieff. He told Pottker, a freelance writer married to a senior government official, that he had a discreet message from Charles F. Smith, a former top executive with Feld Entertainment, owner of the Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circuses, Disney Shows on Ice, and other subsidiaries that make it the largest live entertainment company in the world.
- Leiby, Richard. "Send In The Clowns". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
The tale begins on a summer day 15 years ago when CEO Kenneth Feld opened his copy of Regardie's, a slick magazine that covered the Washington business scene. He turned to Page 44 and began reading a lengthy article about himself. It was written by Pottker, a freelancer who had once interviewed him for a book about corporate heirs. Headlined "The Family Circus," the piece began flatteringly enough, portraying Feld as a hands-on executive committed to providing quality entertainment.