The Press: Spit-Spat

"I feel like Dr. Frankenstein. I taught her everything she knows, and she's damn smart." Thus did chain-smoking Houston Post Gossip Columnist Bill Roberts, 43, express his frustration about a journalistic "creation" that has come home to haunt him: blonde Maxine Mesinger, 35, tattler for the Houston Press. Once Roberts' girl Friday on the Press, Maxine last week was still scooping her way through town as his chief rival, barely noting a snippy feud that has Houstonians gabbing as much about the two columnists as about the people they chronicle.

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