"a fish, a barrel, and a smoking gun"
for 23 June 2000. Updated every WEEKDAY.

Today marks the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for one man — a haunting, peculiarly American enigma. He's a powerful media mogul who nonetheless remains shrouded in secrecy, coining as a trademark phrase the transparently insincere "Warm Regards." He's Steve Case, international man of mediocrity — and his career is about to culminate in one of the greatest business achievements in several decades. Today Time-Warner shareholders are expected to rubber-stamp the largest merger in history, valued as high as one-third of a trillion dollars.

But is Steve Case happy?

What drives a man on a life-long odyssey to build a communications empire from a fiefdom of dirty chat rooms? And at what price? Suck hired an obsessive private investigator to find the key that might unlock this elusive interior life. After extensive research, and some imaginative extrapolation, we've compiled a Night Gallery-style collage of the forgotten lows, the secret glories... and the hidden obsessions.

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