COURT DATES: I just heard that a trial date has been set for Rudy Miller's suits against the Hearst Corporation (WBAL-Channel 11). Rudy said she and her attorney, Pam White, will be armed with tons of depositions when they arrive in Federal Court for the two-week trial, which begins April 20. Actually, there are two suits: one is Rudy's personal equal-pay suit -- she claims Channel 11 paid her less money than her male counterparts for doing equal work -- and the other suit, alleging sex discrimination, was filed on her behalf by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
SWINGING SINGER: Johnny Mathis, who performed at the Meyerhoff recently, was seen playing golf at the exclusive Caves Valley golf course with BSO director of development Pat Purcell, Pat's husband, Walt Wahlen, and a friend of Johnny's from Virginia, Mike Grady. Purcell, who has a 16 handicap, has the distinction of being the first woman member of Caves Valley. Mathis' profession might be music, but his first love is golf. When he was asked about his hobbies or other interests in a profile for the BSO Magazine, Overture, his answer was "golf, golf, golf." I hear Mathis has fallen in love with Baltimore and no doubt that beautiful new golf course helped.
SOMETHING SPECIAL: Hidden Waters, the lovely official residence of the UMAB president, was the scene recently of a gala to honor Gov. William Donald Schaefer for his dedication to children and to launch Maryland's Hospital for Children at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, which is being built in stages. More than 340 people attended the festive dinner, including Dr. Morton Rapoport, president of the University of Maryland Medical System, and his wife, Rosalie; Hank and Ann Butta; Roger and Brenda Lipitz; Nancy and Lou Grasmick; Frank and Mary Ellen Gunther; Frank and Mitzi Perdue; Shirley Phillips; and Dr. Michael Berman, chairman of pediatrics, and his wife, Susan Swift. Dr. Berman says the new children's hospital will create a unique environment to meet special needs of ill and injured children.
CHECK IT OUT: A new coffee-table book, "Baltimore: Jewel of the Chesapeake," is described by its author, Neil Grauer, as a unique blend of Baltimore's character -- a touch of Northern enterprise and energy combined with Southern ease and gentility. Grauer, a Baltimore journalist, begin his book with a narrative on the overall view of Baltimore's role in history, industry, and modern America. It is filled with scads of photos and is a must for Marylanders interested in history. Grauer co-authored the book with free-lance writer Joan Ford, and you're invited to meet the authors at a book-signing party at the World Trade Center tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
"DOING LUNCH": Ann McAllister Hughes, Robin Quarles and Karin Kendrick are among the Howard University alumnae working on the Alumni Club Luncheon Cruise on the Bay Lady. If you'd like to see some of your old friends, the cruise is Saturday, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Call 653-1358 or 922-8213 to reserve tickets, which are $23.50. It should be a lovely day on the Bay.
EXPANSION GALA: Baltimore County General Hospital is expanding, thanks to ongoing fund raisers such as the recent Expansion Extravaganza Gala, emceed by Lt. Gov. Melvin "Mickey" Steinberg and chairmen Sydney Himmel and Audrey Lifcovich. Others involved were Jim Paulus, Floral Designs; Royal Parker, broadcaster; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Dorsch, MNC Financial; Mr. and Mrs. Mel Mintz, Baltimore County councilman; Baltimore County General Hospital President Robert W. Fischer; and Jacob Edelman, a Brazilian philanthropist who came from Brazil to celebrate his birthday with his daughter, Rosalie Klatsky, wife of Dr. Stanley Klatsky, BCGH medical staff president.
HAY THERE: Have you ever wanted to make a scarecrow? If so, you'll have your chance at the Hometown Harvest Farmers Market at Owings Mills New Town, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mark Baron, known in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" as "The only living Scarecrow Artist," will bring the hay and old clothes. All you need is $5. I'm told he's helped more than 100,000 people make scarecrows since 1978. Another highlight of the market, which runs Saturday and Sunday, will be appearances by chefs Harold Marmulstein (from the Polo Grill -- he recently won a Silver Award for his talents), Linwood (of Linwood's) and Nancy Longo (of Pierpont's), who will share some of their favorite recipes. These chefs will also judge an amateur cook-off by local cooks. Call 837-7100 for directions and information. Oh yes, the food theme is even carried out with the entertainment -- The Platters will perform.
A MARYLAND FIRST: Dr. Don-N Brotman went to Seattle to perform his last official duty as the president of the American Association of Dental Examiners. Brotman was the first Marylander to ever be elected president of this 900-member organization. He was joined in Seattle by his wife, Phyllis, daughter Barbara Brotman Kaylor and son Dr. Sol Brotman, who followed in his dad's footsteps and is a dentist in Jacksonville, Fla.. Don's childhood friend, Annapolis dentist Dr. Stanley Block, was also present.