We really do regret the error

Kevin Cowherd

October 18, 1991|By Kevin Cowherd

CORRECTION: In an earlier column, it was reported that Mrs. Anna W. Newsick of Baltimore made her living as a stripper on a cruise ship. The story should have read "skipper," not stripper.

We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.

The column also referred to Mrs. Newsick's previous employer as Roy's Club Erotica, 12th and Charles, "Home of the Hottest Girls in Town!"

This was incorrect. Mrs. Newsick is employed by Horizon Cruise Lines and is captain of the flagship vessel, Ocean Maiden. Before that she was national president of the Girl Scouts of America.

We regret any confusion.

Several factual errors concerning Mrs. Newsick's personal life were also made in the previous column, and have thoughtfully been pointed out by her attorneys.

It was reported that Mrs. Newsick had been divorced three times and drifted through a series of unhappy relationships with a succession of "drunks, deadbeats, dope fiends, losers and ne'er-do-wells."

This was incorrect. Mrs. Newsick has been happily married for 27 years to State Sen. Dennis S. Newsick, East Coast chapter chairman of the Knights of Columbus and owner of Denny's Tire World, with 27 outlets in greater Baltimore.

In addition, it was reported that Mrs. Newsick had put her only child up for adoption when the child was 3, depositing the asthmatic little girl on the steps of a local orphanage with a note pinned to her corduroy jumper that read: "Please help! My mommy can no longer care for me!"

Counsel for Mrs. Newsick insist the couple have raised all five of their children, three of whom are graduates of Stanford Business School. The others (Kenneth, 17, Wilma, 15) are in the honors program at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

We apologize for any embarrassment these errors may have caused.

Several statements attributed to Mrs. Newsick by this reporter also need to be clarified.

Mrs. Newsick was quoted in the original column as saying: "I love being a stripper; to feel the eyes of hundreds of men on me. Well, it's the only job I ever wanted."

The quote should have read: "I love being a skipper; to feel the spray of the sea and smell the salt water. Well, it's the only job I ever wanted."

We apologize for any anguish this has caused.

The original column also made reference to one of Mrs. Newsick's co-workers, Bernard M. Mellonhead. The man's name should have read Roscoe D. Mellonhead (no relation). In addition, he is the ship's steward, and not "one of the leading pornography distributors in the country," as originally reported.

Further, Mr. Mellonhead was originally quoted as saying of Mrs. Newsick: "She's damn good at moving that thing around."

Mr. Mellonhead now says he was referring to Mrs. Newsick's skill in deep-water navigation and piloting a 70,000-ton cruise ship, and not to any other activity -- "certainly not exotic dancing."

Mrs. Newsick's attorneys also took exception with the opening paragraph of the original column, which read: "Waiting in a cramped dressing room off to one side of the stage, Anna Newsick stubs out a Pall Mall and knocks back a shot of gin. As Jimi Hendrix's 'Purple Haze' blares from a battered turntable, she gazes wearily into the mirror and adjusts her worn, skimpy negligee. Show time is moments away."

Counsel for Mrs. Newsick insist she is a non-smoker and abstains from the use of alcohol, save for an occasional glass of white wine at dinner.

They further claim that the bulk of Mrs. Newsick's work relegates her to the bridge of the Ocean Maiden, where "easy-listening" music is piped in and where the captain and crew are required to wear standard-issue white uniforms.

We apologize for any confusion.

(Mrs. Newsick did not return repeated phone calls from this reporter. A neighbor contacted yesterday said she had appeared "depressed" for several days and had gone to live with an aunt in Ohio.

(Mr. Newsick and his children are said to be living at either the Holiday Inn on Route 211 or the downtown Best Western.

(In addition, the night clerk at the Holiday Inn insisted the motel is located on Route 411, not 211, although this could not be confirmed as we went to press.)

(Mr. Roscoe D. Mellonhead is also thought to be seeking legal representation.)

I= We regret any inconvenience these errors may have caused.

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