SEEN ON THE SCENE: Yesterday was a great day. The war was over and I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the International Book Bank (IBB) along with first lady Barbara Bush.
Mrs. Bush has been a longtime advocate of literacy and education, which is what IBB is all about. They procure and ship large quantities of educational materials to countries all over the world.
There was an air of excitement as the helicopters hovered, and Mrs. Bush's limo arrived with her police escort and a hoard of Secret Service men. She looked very smart in a red suit and her famous pearls. But, she is still limping from her sledding accident.
Mrs. Bush, Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Mayor Kurt Schmoke and IBB founder Larry Koralik, who recently moved his enterprise to Baltimore from Illinois, all said a few words before participating in a symbolic book-packing ceremony.
Joining them were James E. Lyons, University Press of America; Will Weatherford, International Book Project; Garis Distelhorst, National Association of College Stores, for whom Mrs. Bush graciously autographed a copy of "Millie's Book"; Bruce Gelb, United States Information Agency, and James Foley, president of the Liberty Bell Foundation, who was representing the United States Peace Corps. Hundreds of guests attended this well-orchestrated opening, and I was --ing out the door as they were heading for the delicious goodies prepared by Zeffert's Caterers.
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Steve Landesberg, best known as Sgt. Dietrich on "Barney Miller," will be in town on Tuesday for a sneak preview of his latest role as radio and television spokesman for a new Jos. A. Bank advertising campaign.
Sure enough, that was B-104 GM Jim Fox lunching with "Louie and the Bear" at the Cross Keys Roost last week. Remember when that popular twosome, Lou Roberts and Alan Berrier, held forth on WCAO before the station went country. Wonder what B-104's sly fox is up to?
Hallie Bryant scored big at Baltimore's Original Sports Bar this past week. Bryant, who played with the Harlem Globetrotters 1957-67, is now the Globetrotters' spokesman and was in town to hype the March 17 game at the Baltimore Arena. Patrons loved playing a little in-house game with Hallie.
FROM THE DANCE FLOOR: North Arundel Hospital celebrated its silver anniversary in grand style and grand numbers. T'was a nice moment when Silver Anniversary Ball chairman Joel D. Fedder presented a $100,000 check to hospital president Alfred J. Bryan Jr. and chairman of the board Wilfred T. Azar. The money will be used to establish a new Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Faces in the crowd included Anne Arundel County exec Bob Neall, John and Rose Padussis, Ron and Katherine McGuirk, Carol and James Walker, Jack and Mary Sue Arnold, Dorothy and Carl Hein, and Dr. and Mrs. Hiliary O'Herlihy.
WEEKEND GLIMPSE: Tomorrow's a multi-million dollar day at Goucher College. Thanks to a $10.3-million fund-raising effort, two buildings will be dedicated. Congressman Tom McMillen will dedicate the Sports and Recreation Center at 2 p.m., and State Comptroller Louis Goldstein will do the honors at 4 p.m. for the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Arts Center. A very generous financial commitment was a gift of love from Jane Bernstein
Meyerhoff, who graduated from Goucher in 1945.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: WMAR-TV Stan Stovall, Sunday; Baltimore Orioles Kevin Hickey Monday and Leo Gomez Saturday; retired business exec Nancy Slaughter, Thursday; Baltimore attorney John A. Hayes, today.
THE LAST WORD: "The citizens of Baltimore are delighted that Larry Koralik decided to relocate his International Book Bank from the 'windy city' to 'the city that reads'." Mayor Kurt Schmoke.