THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY: We don't know about you, folks, but 1990 certainly was a year of change for this columnist. First off, who'd have thought we'd meet our future hubby on a street corner downtown? Much less marry him but a few weeks later!
But as you'll read, 1990 was indeed a popular year to walk down the aisle, as evidenced by all of you who did just that.
For some folks, however, the past year left a bad taste in their mouths. Local developer-entrepreneur Wayne Gioioso summed it up this way: "The wine was sweet in 1990, but the year was sour!"
Eyes Only chooses, however, to pluck out only the sweetest morsels from the past year, which we invite you to digest. Have a happy New Year! Read on.
ALTAR-ED STATES: As we said before, 1990 was the year to get married. Some local notables who took the marital plunge included: WMAR-TV's anchorwoman Sally Thorner and Hopkins doc Brian Rosenfeld, who married in June after a whirlwind romance. (They're expecting their first baby by tax deadline day -- April 15.) Hall-of-Famer Jim Palmer finally made it official when he married photographer Joni Pearlstone in a small ceremony at his home in Brooklandville shortly before Orioles opening day at Memorial Stadium. "Cry-Baby" star Traci Lords said an emotional "I will" to prop master (and native Baltimorean) Brook Yeaton in September, the lovebirds having met on the set of the John Waters film.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Former TV-anchor-turned-radio-personality Rudy Miller took on a new role as publisher of the new Maryland Family magazine, which debuted in September. . . . WJZ-TV's Marty Bass and wife Sharon had their first baby, a daughter named Savannah Lee, earlier this month.
ALTAR-ED STATES II: The dazzling Vanna White was on hand at the wedding of TV cohort Pat Sajak, but she wasn't saying her, ah, vowels. Annapolis native Lesly Brown, a dazzling brunette model, got to say her vows, however, to the --ing "Wheel of Fortune" host. State tree planter Wally Orlinsky married former lobbyist Judy Taylor in Bolton Hill, then honeymooned in Puerta Vallarta.
Local developer Mark Caplan surprised all when he eloped with Linda Wilson, a statuesque blond ad exec, after a whirlwind romance. Despite the fact that World Travel's Jennifer Morales had her heirloom wedding gown stolen days before the ceremony, her marriage to Jimmy Vitale was smooth sailing right down to the horse-drawn carriage that took the newlyweds from the church to the reception.
ICY STARES: Movie directors who popped into town to scout locations for potential films included George Lucas, who scoped out the Cap Centre and the Baltimore Arena for a film about ice hockey. . . . There was a rumor that another Hollywood Wunderkind, Steven Spielberg, was checking out the area, though it proved to be little more than just that.
ALTAR-ED STATES III: Valentine's Day was the day WXYV-FM personality Jean Ross chose to walk down the lane with pro bowler Howard Marshall 2nd. The Water Street Exchange's popular owner, Bruce Schoeberlein, and Mary Carol Wittelsberger's wedding was followed by a blowout reception at the Governor's Club. Gourmet's Alan Pressman married Regi's bartender Brooke Hagerty.
Syndicated writer-columnist Lois Wyse married Baltimore's Harvey Meyerhoff. Restaurateur Germano Fabiani of Trattoria Petrucci married Piper and Marbury attorney Cyd Beth Wolf after a long courtship. Developer Norman Rockwell honeymooned with new bride, Helen, in Bermuda.
DEAD LINES: Comedian Lonnie Shorr got a chuckle from the crowd at the Save-a-Heart Foundation's 14th annual Golf Classic when he singled out the organization's founder, Stanley Levinson, of Levinson Funeral Home. "If Stan is concerned about your health," he quipped, "you should be worried!"
WEST MEETS EAST: Zap! Wow! Fans clutching Batman comics enthusiastically greeted TV's Batman, Adam West, when he attended the premiere screening at the Senator of the thriller "Maxim Xul" in which he starred and which was made by local filmmakers. Claiming "luck" for his longevity, West remarked, "If you hang around long enough, this happens!"
NAME DROPPING: Familiar faces who dropped into town for various reasons: CBS' Mike Wallace paid a visit to University Hospital for a piece he was researching. Designer Pierre Cardin was spied dining at the Polo Grill with a fashionable crowd. Ditto Colt 45 spokesman Billy Dee Williams.
Actor Robert Duvall, who came up from his farm in Virginia, dined at Obrycki's, explaining to owner Rose Cernak that his fiancee's (we haven't a clue who she is, though we hear she's a dancer) parents live in town.
Singer Joan Jett slinked into Sabatino's after an O's game. Bill Macy of "Maude" fame attended his son's graduation ceremonies at Hopkins, then grabbed a bite at the Mount Vernon Saloon.