AT THE CONCLUSION of her contract last month, veteran broadcaster Donna Hamilton left WJZ-TV to devote all her attention to the Mockingbird Company, formed earlier this year with her husband, David Paulson. Hamilton, a nine-year veteran at Channel 13, came to Baltimore in 1981 to host and produce WJZ's Evening Magazine and later a live talk show, "Afternoon."
You may have seen Mockingbird's first hourlong documentary, "The Peacemakers," on WJZ in June. Next step for this production may be on public television or cable. Paulson and Hamilton are busy working on proposals for two television documentaries on pets and wine and Paulson is writing a book.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: A real love boat, the Regal Princess, arrives in Baltimore Monday. She's the newest ship in the Princess Cruises family and got a regal send-off when former British Prime minister Margaret Thatcher christened her. However, it's not Thatcher's blessing that should thrill Baltimoreans as much as the fact that the ship's beautiful interior was decorated by one of Baltimore's oldest and most prestigious design firms, H. Chambers Company. This is the second ship Chambers has decorated for Princess Cruises -- the Crown Princess was last year's beauty.
The Regal Princess will arrive at Dundalk Marine Terminal with VIP guests Gavin MacLeod (Captain Merrill Stubing of the "Love Boat" TV show), who is most convincing as the spokesman for the cruise line. Arriving with MacLeod will be Chambers VIPs J.H.L. Chambers II, CEO; Robert A. Hickman, president; and Teresa Anderson, design director.
Chambers is the fourth generation family member to work in the family business, which was founded in 1899. He's a Naval Academy graduate who studied at Johns Hopkins, the Parsons School of Design and Harvard Business School. He joined the firm in 1952, but spends most of his time these days in the Bahamas, where he has managed to attract a lot of work from cruise lines and hotels.
Hundreds of travel-oriented guests have been invited to a party and a cruise to nowhere on the Regal Princess Monday night.
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: One of Maryland's best labor lawyers, Lee Nutt, is undergoing treatment for leukemia at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is truly a tough Nutt, for he has been busy practicing law from his hospital bed. I join all his friends in wishing him a speedy recovery.
According to one of my radio sources, CNN Headline News has signed a contract with a Baltimore AM station to air the audio of CNN's daily newscasts. No one seems to know which of the AM stations will be changing to this all-news format, but insiders say it could be WYST, WITH, WCAO or WLIF-AM, formerly WFBR. The local station could choose to use all or part of the news package, according to the source. A CNN spokesman would not comment. I'm told this format can really cut a station's production costs and might be popular in Baltimore.
Bob Fields of the Bob Fields Jazz Quartet has had a busy year playing parties and weddings and a few jazz clubs, too, like the new BJ Jazz Club which opened on Greenmount Avenue in June. Wine lovers will get a taste of his music when he and a six-piece jazz group play at the Maryland Wine Festival in Westminster in September.
WEEKEND GLIMPSE: Hats are always a big deal at country/bluegrass festivals, and Laurie DeYoung, WPOC morning personality and host of Maryland Public Television's New Country Video, will wear several hats at the Fair Hills festival tomorrow. Not only will she be introducing the festival's premiere act, The Judds, but she'll also be interviewing some of the other stars, such as Ricky Van Shelton, Kelly Willis and Mary-Chapin Carpenter. If you don't have your tickets, forget it, they're sold out. But you can catch Laurie DeYoung's reports on WPCO or MPT.
BIRTHDAYS: State Senator and former Harford County Executive Habern Freeman, Saturday; City Delegate Carolyn Krysiak, today; WCBM radio personality Bruce Main, Tuesday.
Our Guy Friday
NAME: David Paulson
WORK LIFE: CEO, The Mockingbird Co., an independent television and video production company.
HOME LIFE: Married to Donna Hamilton; two children, Jesse, 10, Cada, 5.
PASSIONS: Reading, writing, good beer.
CLAIM TO FAME: I'm somebody's husband and a good television journalist.
HEROES: Personally, my mother and father; professionally, Al Sanders, WJZ-TV anchor.
QUOTE: "I hope when I die that it will be said that he was good at work, but better at life."