Looking back at Preakness madness


May 22, 1991|By LAURA CHARLES

WE'RE PARTIED OUT and we c-a-n-'t get up! Between the Comcast Triple Crown Ball this past Thursday, the Fantasy Voyage on board the Royal Viking Line Friday, Preakness on Saturday and the grand opening of Luigi Petti's Outdoor Cafe Saturday night, we've chatted so-oo much with so-oo many people we snapped our vocal chords. Here's a few observations we'd, ah, like to voice -- if we could.

THE NEWLY FORMED PR team of Lynda O'Dea & Marsha Becker (with ace assistance from Gloria Cinequani) did one heck of a job pulling off the Preakness Celebration bashes -- not to mention the Preakness Corporate Village.

AT THE TRIPLE Crown Ball at the Hyatt Regency, ABC sportscaster Jim McKay and the National sports paper founder Frank Deford charmed all with emceeing duties. "I went to my first Preakness in 1952," Deford reminisced. "I used to hook school to go to Pimlico!" Other entertainment came in the form of Tim Conway, Miss America and a terrific band called Night Life.

THE NEXT NIGHT'S Royal Viking Fantasy Voyage just might be the funniest time we've ever had. Between Bobby Nyk, the Broadway Revue, Caribbean Calypso and Dancin' on the Dock of the Bay, how could we not be entertained? Champagne and conversation flowed, but the funniest moments came at disembarkment as some obviously happy party-goers tried to negotiate the steep ramp.

AT THE PREAKNESS, the wonderfully talented a capella group, Regency, strolled through the infield singing tunes for the masses in the corporate tents, who'd come in from all over the United States.

Among them? Bank of Baltimore's Pat Tatar; Judge Edgar Silver and wife Ann; attorney Alan Rifkin; lobbyist Bruce Bereano; State Comptroller Louis Goldstein; Sen. and Mrs. Harry McGuirk; U.S. Representative Tom McMillen; Clarence "Du" Burns.

AND FINALLY, to top off one wacky weekend, we wound up having dinner at Luigi Petti's new outdoor cafe with, of all people, the incomparable Drifters.

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