8, 2004 — the night “The Apprentice” premiered on NBC. True, the real estate mogul had been a media darling for 20-plus years before he teamed with producer Mark Burnett on the business competition series.
This story first appeared in the April 26, 2016 issue of Variety. From the early ’80s, Trump was a fixture in the New York media firmament.
His excesses, his love life and his personal boom-and-bust cycles have long been fodder for the tabloids, as well as the tonier pages of Vanity Fair and other high-brow publications.
It consists of several fragments making up part of a triumphal inscription in Aramaic, left most probably by Hazael of Aram-Damascus, an important regional figure in the late 9th century BCE.
Hazael (or more accurately, the unnamed king) boasts of his victories over Omri, the king of Israel and his ally the king of the "House of David" (bytdwd).