...TC Marylanders should watch the Academy Awards Ceremonies with a lot of interest this year. Sure, Baltimore's Barry Levinson is nominated for best director and his film "Bugsy" is nominated for best picture, but there's another talented family that seems to have worked on the sound production for most of the big pictures made last year.
That name is Maitland. Now where do I begin? Dennis Sr. grew up in Baltimore and attended Forest Park High school before going to New York to pursue his career as a production sound mixer. He worked on the sound for "The Prince of Tides" and hundreds of other films such as "Moonstruck," "Moscow on the Hudson" and "Prizzi's Honor." He recently finished work on "The Babe," with John Goodman and Kelly McGillis, due to be released in April.
All three of his children have followed in his footsteps. His son, Todd Atkinson Maitland, has been nominated for an Oscar for his production sound work on "JFK." Todd also worked on "Cape Fear" with Martin Scorcese and will be working with him again when they begin filming "Age of Innocence" in March. Other credits for young Todd include "Talk Radio," "The Doors" and "Born on the Fourth of July," for which he received an Oscar nomination. He just finished working with Robert DiNiro on the film "A Night in the City."
Then there's Dennis Maitland II, who worked on the sound production and was the boom man for "Silence of the Lambs" and was the production sound mixer for the New York portion of "The Fisher King." Some of his well-known films include "Sophie's Choice" and "Tender Mercies." And he has two films soon to be released, "Close to Eden" and "Thunderheart." FYI: Robin Williams is his daughter Colleen's godfather.
Maitland's daughter, Kim, is on the New York staff of "Entertainment Tonight" and worked with her father on "The Prince of Tides." It's easy to see why Baltimorean Mildred Atkinson is so proud of her son Dennis and her three grandchildren. And I can assure you that since I met her, I'm much more interested in watching the Academy Awards.
I can't think of anything that would perk up a dreary winter day better than an Irish celebration. Today from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., George McGinn will open his Irish Pub to raise funds for the St. Patrick's Day Committee.
Emceeing the various activities are City Council member Martin O'Malley and Kevin O'Connor of the Baltimore County Fire Department. Annapolitan Seamus Kennedy is the star attraction and will entertain with his wonderful singing and wit; Bill Davis and members of the Spalpeens are coming out of retirement for this fund-raiser. Rounding out the musical field is Baltimore's original Irish pipe band, Na Fianna, formed years ago by former City Council president Frank Gallagher.
Doesn't it sound like a neat way to spend a day? So stop by. Tickets are $4, and the proceeds will be used by the parade committee to procure bands and floats for the parade.
Wedding bells will ring some time after the U.S. Masters Golf Tournament in April and before the Preakness in May for Diana Zinda, senior vice president of advertising and marketing for The Baltimore Sun, and Reg Murphy, The Sun's former publisher.
The Murphys will continue to be a part of our community, because Diana plans to continue her career at The Sun.
I hear he proposed and gave her a divine diamond engagement ring on Valentine's Day.
Approximately 260 Carroll countians had a ball at the Wakefield Valley Golf Club in Westminster and raised $9,200 for the American Heart Association. Dolly Snyder chaired the first-ime fund-raiser, which honored Carroll County doctor John S. Harshey.
Others at the King of Hearts Ball were Jim Melhorn, Fairhaven CEO; Joseph O'Hara, C&P vice president; Winnie and Bill Dulany -- he's an attorney; Lee Primm, vice-president of Carroll County Bank and Trust; and Dr. Larry Griffith. Everyone had so much fun they'll begin planning the "second annual" soon.
Evening Sun humor columnist Kevin Cowherd has signed on with "McCarthy in the Morning" (WMIX-FM 106.5). Cowherd's commentary can be heard at 6:50 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Try it, you'll like it. . . . A very worthwhile fund-raiser is scheduled for Feb. 29 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. Stuart and Judy Schuck are chairing the Baltimore Burn Ball, a benefit for the Baltimore Regional Burn Center Foundation. This year's ball will honor the Hoffberger Foundation with its first annual Tribute Award. Tickets are $125 and may be reserved by calling (410) 550-0895.
Winnie Brugman, former vice president-general manager of WLIF-AM and WBKZ-FM, has accepted a position as vice president of Client Development with the Davis Media Group. Laurie Davis founded her company in 1988 and says that it is now the largest media buying service in Baltimore. . . . If you're an oldie but goodie, then you might like to call the Meyerhoff, (410) 783-8000, to see if there are any tickets left for the Wednesday evening performance of the Grammy-award winning Mel Torme and Maureen "The Morning After" and "We May Never Love Like This Again" McGovern. They'll be here as part of the BSO's "Meet us at the Meyerhoff" series.