There was little question what the star of the show was at the 12th annual holiday party hosted by AT&T's Candi Humphrey and her husband David, WLIF's news director. It was a 14-foot Christmas tree adorned with about 800 lights which absolutely dazzled guests.
One of my favorite priests was at the party, Loyola High School's Father Joseph McNamara, who's best known in the sports world as the former Champlain of the Baltimore Colts.
It was also good to see Bill and Mary Zorzi, he's a the AAA vice president; Ron Matz, WCAO news director, with Barbara Harman at his side; Bob Moke, WLIF's program director who is credited with the station's successful format change; Bob Caret, vice president and provost at Towson State University; Mac and Leigh Barrett, he's with McCormick; Peter Troup and his wife Lynne, he's a Noxell vice president; Steven Thomas, an attorney, and his wife Audrey, who owns Sassafras at Towsontowne Center; WLIF's Sloane Brown and her doctor husband Steve Sobelman; AT&T's Bill Dunbar and his wife Patty, along with AT&T's Barbara Fegley, who was with Winston Blenckstone -- he was telling me about his Toronto Blue Jay farm team which plays in Myrtle Beach.
Speaking of jocks, one of the best known in Baltimore, Tom Matte, was there with his wife Judy. Some of the men were chatting with Matte about his recent appearance on CBS-TV where he talked about the pressure on backup quarterbacks. Remember when Colts quarterbacks John Unitas and Gary Cuozzo were hurt and Matte had to go in with the plays written on his wristband.
Candi prepared all the delicious food, which was readily available thanks to Earl Taylor and his team of bartenders and servers. Taylor wears many hats and has recently opened a coffee/cheese shop at Lexington Market.
Gray Kirk & Evans' attractive vice president of new business, Julia Martin, and Michael Keelty are planning a September wedding. They became engaged on Christmas Eve. Martin's mother is Lynne Martin, the former Illinois congresswoman who ran unsuccessfully for Sen. Paul Simon's seat. President Bush has expressed his thanks for her efforts on behalf of the Republican Party by nominating her to become Secretary of Labor.
Attorney Dick Byrd was a Christmas baby, so he and his wife of many years, Shyrl Ryanharrt, had a holiday party celebrating life.
Plain as well as alcoholic punch was on tap for the dozens of people who stopped by to wish the couple well. I like Byrd's parties because the guests are from the many lives these two people lead -- legal, media, art and theater.
On hand were Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Eddie DeWaters and his wife Winnie; Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Bollinger; Gen. and Mrs. Henry Kimmey; Mary Anna Maguire, widow of Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge John Maguire; Dr. David Collins and his wife Cassandra; Alice and Dick Orr, she sells cruises for Cruises Only in Towson, he's an Armstrong regional sales manager; Jeannie and Alan Walden, he's WBAL-radio's morning news anchor and was the center of attention with Saudi Arabian tidbits from a recent press trip to the area. (Jeannie and Shyrl will star in a female version of "The Odd Couple" at Towsontowne Dinner Theater this summer.)
Others at the party were Paul and Ann Eicholz, WBAL-radio engineer; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Birch, he's involved with Op Sail and Fort McHenry; Father Richard Bryant; Bud and Joan George, he's an attorney; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Saunders, Baltimore County Public Defender; Carol Runion, curator of Baltimore Public Works Museum; Dr. Dennis Jones and Mary Streaker, she teaches at Mitchell's School of Fine Arts, and besides a private practice he's the psychologist at the Baltimore County Jail; Jim Dockery, Loyola Theatre professor and curator of The Art Showcase art gallery which opened Nov. 10; and Bill and Irene McCallister, he's president of Carrollton Bank.
As I was leaving, so was F. Scott Black, Baltimore director hTC extraordinaire, with a huge, 22- by 28-inch oil painting of himself which our talented hostess had painted for him from a photograph. What a nice surprise Christmas present!