BEFORE WE GET on with the news of the day, we'd like to
update you on an item we mentioned Wednesday about Cal Ripken Jr. donating 250 autographed baseball bats to the Baltimore Reads Inc. literacy campaign.
Even though we fouled up -- turns out it was actually baseballs, not baseball bats -- Sam Zervitz of Baltimore Reads tells us that the balls were sold out by 1 p.m. that day and wants to thank all of you who bought one.
Those who'd still like to contribute to Baltimore Reads Inc. can buy a copy of "Oscar and Other Writings," which sells for $2.95 and was written by adult learners in Baltimore City literacy programs. Call 576-READS for info.
RADIO ACTIVITY: Steve Rouse and Linda Sherman at WQSR-F have been parodying songs on their morning show for some time now. Maybe you remember a couple of them? "Poo Poo Choo Choo" ring a bell? No, then how 'bout "The Ballad of Marion Berry"? That should definitely crack you up.
Anyway, Steve and the gang decided to put some of their ditties on an album entitled "Stevie and the Satellites." Moneys raised ,, will go to help needy children in Baltimore. The cassette is $8 and is available through WQSR-FM.
TABLE HOPPING: Leilani Wallace and husband, Lloyd, hav moved their popular Leilani's restaurant from West Barre Street to the former Scarlett O'Hara's on Antique Row and already they've attracted a loyal following. (The comfy bar is a popular after-work roost for nearby state office workers.)
Meanwhile, to beat the winter blues, the Bay Cafe in Canton has instituted some special deals (aside from the beautiful harbor view), including a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays with domestic beer and rail drinks selling for $1. On Fridays, they throw in a bountiful free buffet of eats to take the bite out of the winter chill.
MORNING MADNESS: Amid all the layoffs and budget crises, it' heartening to know that Gov. William Donald Schaefer has his priorities straight. Yes, the gov has proclaimed tomorrow as Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Day in Maryland.
It seems 40 listeners of WYST-FM's morning show will be in the audience of the TV show, which airs locally at 9 a.m. on Channel 11 (WBAL-TV), tomorrow after winning a contest that was broadcast by the morning team of Don O'Brien and Wendy Corey.
Everyone in the group will be sporting "Maryland You Are Beautiful" T-shirts, in case you'd like to
pick out some familiar faces in the audience.
In addition, Don and Wendy will be doing their show live from the set of the TV program that morning and will present the governor's proclamation to Regis and Kathie Lee. Tune in.
HOTEL BALTIMORE: Don't forget the World's Largest Offic Party kicks off Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, with proceeds benefiting the WBAL Kids' Campaign and Santa Claus Anonymous.
Celebrity bartenders will be pitching in to help raise bucks for the cause (tickets are $6 at the door), which last year brought in $17,158. We'll be joining the Maryland State Lottery's Don Royston behind the bar at 6 p.m.
Some other barkeepers? Attman Properties' Leonard Attman, Baltimore Arena's Edie Brown, USAir's Byron Aber, WBAL-TV's Camilla Carr and WMAR-TV's Jamie Costello. See you there?
THE NEXT JULIO?: Italian-born singer Matteo Ianno, who i predicted to be the next Julio Iglesias, filmed his video debut in Baltimore Tuesday night on board the Bay Lady.
Matteo, who has a big following in Europe, chose our town for his American debut because "it's the hometown of my fiancee," Wendie Busig-Kohn, a former Baltimore model.
Matteo will showcase his talents later in the month in Los Angeles, then return to Nice, France, for a New Year's Eve bash.
BLAST FANS might want to drop by Warfield's in the Sherato Towson tomorrow night from 6 to 9 p.m. when the Towson Exchange Club and WGRX-FM host a holiday celebration for disadvantaged children featuring coach Kenny Cooper and some of his team.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Is it my imagination or does Baltimor have the highest population of people who talk to themselves?" -- Gard Jones, the Comedy Factory Outlet.