by Max Brantley
The internets will get you every time.
We'd tried to save this item for our print edition. But word has begun to spread to local news outlets about a local angle to a young couple who fell off the Grand Princess cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico last week. The two, an Air Force Academy cadet and a University of Colorado student, were rescued after treading water in choppy seas for more than four hours. The young woman suffered a broken rib, according to news reports, although reporters have been unable to reach the family. The cadet continued on with the cruise. The young woman left the ship at its first stop in Mexico.
The young woman is Clarice Partee, a Mount St. Mary graduate and current University of Colorado sophomore. She's the daughter of Cal Jr. and Debbie Partee of Little Rock and the granddaughter of the late Cal Partee, an oilman famous for owning Lil E. Tee, the winner of the Kentucky Derby in 1992.
The link to a Denver station we've provided also provides a separate link to video of the rescue.
We heard from a national publication today that they'd been rebuffed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in an attempt to buy a photo of the young woman. The newspaper presumably has some, taken on the occasion of her coming out at a Country Club of Little Rock debutante ball with, among others, the twin daughters of Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman.