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  • In January, after years away, Reubens resurrected the famous gray-suited character of Pee-wee Herman.

    Pee-wee Herman takes Manhattan

  • How is he different from Pete Domenici, Alan Simpson, Erskine Bowles, Kent Conrad, Richard Lugar, or all the other interchangeable gray-suited cogs cutting backroom deals with each other in the name of "bipartisanship"?

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Weiner vs. Bayh: Which One's A Bigger Scandal?

  • I liked adding a little scandal to these imaginary relations, since my own family tree of buttoned-up Methodists and gray-suited Rotarians offered no good scandals themselves.

    Pieces

  • You'll need to be willing to venture beyond your usual habitat, however, and in some cases, the suggested habitat may be too pin-striped: One gray-suited patron at Washington's Hay-Adams Hotel's Lafayette Room admits that this is his second "power breakfast" meeting of the morning, and that he sometimes expenses three such breakfasts before the day really begins.

    Hank Stuever reviews WETA's 'Breakfast in Washington'

  • Unlike the gray-suited executives we see on TV, Ogilvy was a theatrical character.

    What Real 'Mad Men' Did, and Didn't Do

  • The gray-suited butler entered the parlor, set a silver service on a card table, and asked, “How does madame prefer her tea?”

    The Black Madonna

  • A tall, thickset German, gray-suited, bespectacled, bald as a bomb, the noted chemist might have appeared the epitome of the cold, clear-eyed, methodical, reasoning man were he not panting like a Saint Bernard on avalanche patrol.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • The gray-suited woman approached and glanced at Irv, who nodded at her.

    Forgetfulness

  • Not helping matters is digital cinematography that was probably intended to be viewed on an IPhone, and shoot-outs so poorly staged that I couldn't tell which gray-suited character was being shot at any given point (at least three people besides myself swear that Depp gets shotgunned during a forest shoot-out).

    Scott Mendelson: 2009 in Review: Worst Movies of the Year

  • They sat with gray-suited, Rolex-wearing men, bald, bespectacled, and looking like retired bankers, as some of them surely are.

    James Gavin: Judy Collins: Singing for the Privileged Few

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