I was working as the assistant to the head of personnel for the news division at a major network — you know, the one with the big eyeball logo. The word came in one day that the head anchorman was retiring, and my boss, Mr. Fredericks, was in charge of finding his replacement. Fredericks was one of those old-school types, the cigar-smoking, three-martini lunch sort. When the network president met with him and suggested that the new anchor for the Evening News should be a woman, Fredericks was not happy. Fredericks told me to set up interviews with notable newswomen to audition for the anchor position.