It was celebration time at the Knights of Columbus in Perry Hall last week when more than 60 people gathered to roast their good friend George Stover, an award-winning news photographer for WMAR-TV. Stover's friends celebrated his 40th in style -- story-telling style.
Susan White Bowden told funny stories about the birthday boy, including the time she had to interview Rock Hudson. She was mooning over Hudson's good looks and Hudson only had eyes for George!
Good-natured teasing also came from Jack Bowden, Sandy and Tony Pagnotti, Toba and Andy Barth, Elaine and Jack Dawson and WPOC's evening deejay Diane Lyn.
Others at the party were Sheila and Craig Silverstein, she's with WPOC and he's a lumber company exec; Norm Vogel, Channel 13 cameraman; Harold Glaser, attorney; and Channel 2's Mark Vernarelli. Also, a bunch of Stover's scuba students -- he's an instructor -- stopped by. And Channel 2's Jack Miller volunteered to video the whole evening.
One tidbit picked up from the Channel 2 party scene was that if Gary Wordlaw, formerly with Channel 2, could have his say, Channel 2's environmental reporter Brad Bell would come to Washington as the environmental reporter for Channel 7, soon. Bell still has two years on his WMAR contract, but when he approached Channel 2 president and GM Arnie Kleiner in October, Kleiner said he would release him as soon as he found a replacement for him. (Bell's non-compete clause does not apply to D.C.) Sure hope Kleiner can find someone soon, because this is a great opportunity for Bell.
Most of you have either heard of or have been to Rudy's 2900 restaurant in Finksburg. It's owned by two delightful men, Rudy Speckham and Rudi Paul. Last Sunday the place was filled, not with customers, but with 75 guests invited by Rose Paul to surprise her husband on his 50th birthday. Guests were treated to a gourmet dinner and entertained by the restaurant's waiters and waitresses, who put on a skit about Paul. What a nice birthday party.
More than 145 people will fly to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., next week to board a ship for the Fifth Orioles Cruise. The cruisers will rub elbows with Earl Weaver, Pete Harnisch, Steve Finley, Randy Milligan and Dave Johnson. They'll stop at Nassau, Grand Cayman and Cozumel and all of the guests will be seated with different celebs each night for dinner.
And speaking of the Orioles, Fantasy Camp is scheduled for Jan. 27-Feb. 3 at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota, Fla. This is the first time the O's have sponsored their own camp and not relied on an outside agency to make the arrangements. Among the 100 people who have signed up is rock singer Joan Jett. I hear she plays the infield.
Did you hear that on Christmas Eve in the Saudi Arabian desert Capt. Rob Gould of the Maryland Army National Guard proposed to Lorraine Jewett, a news reporter for WBAL-TV? And she accepted?
It must have been love at first sight, because they met for the first time last August when his National Guard unit, the 290th, was called up and he was the spokesman.
Jewett was part of the Maryland news contingent that went to Saudi Arabia during Christmas. She says that after a week there with Gould, who was the military escort for members of Maryland's visiting press, they have a greater appreciation of life, so when he popped the question, she said yes. They're planning a May wedding.
Much ado about nothing -- I've been told that the reason Pat Sajak didn't attend the wedding of his longtime television sidekick Vanna White was because he and his wife Lesly, and their adorable baby Patrick, spent the holidays with her family in the Annapolis area.
My spies tell me the Sajaks accompanied Lesly's parent's, Dr. Michael and Maria Brown, to a New Year's party at the home of Capt. and Mrs. Joseph Smith, but went home early for a good home-cooked meal and to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.