HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Good things do seem to happen to nice people. And, of course, it helps when you're talented and attractive, which describes Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., professor of cardiac surgery. Watkins, who has been on the Hopkins surgical faculty since he graduated from Vanderbilt in 1970, has been named assistant dean of postgraduate medical education. Although his first love is medicine, he is also interested in human rights worldwide, which led him to initiate the annual Martin Luther King commemorations at Hopkins.
NIGHT OWL SPECIAL: Christopher's nightclub was filled last night with patrons who didn't mind at all paying 10 bucks to see a special show by the cast of "A Chorus Line." It was a labor of love on the part of the cast, who left the Lyric after their show to perform at Christopher's at 11 p.m. to raise money for AIDS Action Baltimore and Actors Equity Fights AIDS.
A BUDDY: The Caring Program wants Baltimoreans to "Be a Buddy to Kids" and attend opening night of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" on Dec. 10 at the Mechanic Theatre. At least 100,000 Maryland children live in homes where basic health care is
unaffordable, and these are the children that the Caring Programs try to help. Prices for the opening benefit are $100, $50 and $35, and you may call 998-5959 to reserve your seats. It'll be hard to sit still for this show with songs like "Peggy Sue," "That'll Be the Day," and "Oh Boy," which I can hardly wait to hear.
BACK ON THE SCENE: For 50 years, Minnick's Restaurant habeen at the same location on Sollers Point Road in Dundalk. About 1 1/2 years ago, family members Dan and Ellie and Sonny and Barbara, (Dan and Sonny are former members of the House of Delegates from Dundalk) sold the restaurant to concentrate on their catering business, Minnick's of Dundalk. Now, 18 months later, the Minnicks are back because the new buyer went bankrupt. Ellie says the beer is cold and their longtime chef has put together a tasty stack-your-own-sandwich and soup and salad buffet for lunch. You'll also find Debbie Minnick Darr and Chip Minnick helping out at the restaurant.
ALL TALK: WCBM radio talk show host Les Kinsolving has put together a blockbuster of a show for this evening, the eve of Pearl Harbor. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., he'll broadcast from the Coast Guard Cutter Taney, which saw combat and is retired to Baltimore Harbor. Vice president Dan Quayle has agreed to be on the show for about 15 minutes after the 8 p.m. news. Also on the program tonight will be Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley and survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Should be an interesting show, if Les will let them get a few words in.
WEEKEND GLIMPSE: Frank Sinatra won't be there, but Jake Needleman, one of the owners of Giovanni's on Route 40 in Harford County, is throwing a birthday party for him tonight. (Sure, he knows that the 12th is really Old Blue Eyes' birthday.) Mickey Light will be performing the best of his Sinatra repertoire, and George Hood, his best Dean Martin imitations, with the Teddy Bell Band providing the music in a neat old-fashioned night club atmosphere.
Looking for a holiday gift for pets or people? Stop by the SPCA, 3300 Falls Road, tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. WJZ TV personality Sandra Pinkney will be there with her black poodle, Pepsi, and Betty Leslie Melville, author of that wonderful book, "Daisy," will be on hand to autograph her book. I'm told that "Daisy" the giraffe is a favorite of Barbara Bush.
BIRTHDAYS: Delegate James Ports Jr., Dec. 1; State Sen. William Amoss, Dec. 2; Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, Dec. 3; Delegate Martha Klima Dec. 3; Delegate Frank D. Boston Jr., Dec. 5; Delegate Salima Siler Marriott, Dec. 5.
Our gal Friday
CLAIM TO FAME: New Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Baltimore Opera Co.
WORK LIFE: Ellington Fund in D.C., Houston Grand Opera, University of Houston Blaffer Gallery.
PASSIONS: All kinds of music, politics, religion, menu planning.
HOMELIFE: lives in Charles Village with husband, artist Patrick Burns.