What a week. Most of it was devoted to trying to find a few movie star types planning to attend the Orioles opening day game tomorrow. Tom Selleck, Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, where are you when I need you?
After pursuing rumors most of the week, I was excited to learn that "L.A. Law" stars Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker would be in town, only to learn they were coming in for yesterday's grand opening of the Sir Speedy Store in Towson. The store is owned by Nelson Tucker, Michael Tucker's cousin, and the L.A. couple promised him they would fly in to pick up stationery they'd ordered. They also brought lots of autographed "L.A. Law" sweat shirts to raffle off.
Another well-known came to light during my search. Remember Art Linkletter? He was host of the Emmy Award-winning daytime show "Art Linkletter's House Party" for 25 years and has written 17 books, among them the bestseller, "Kids Say the Darndest Things." Now he has another message, "Old Age is Not for Sissies," but the message is similar, because the aged also say the darndest things.
He delivered that message eloquently at the North Oaks life care retirement community in Northwest Baltimore County last week. But he left town, too.
With or without movie stars, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is definitely the place to be tomorrow. I'll have lots to tell you Tuesday about lunch with one of television's best-known couples, Connie Chung and Maury Povich, before I take off for all the private parties at the stadium.
A few that I hope to pop in on are the Maryland Stadium Authority, WMAR-TV, WBAL-AM, state of Maryland and Designated Hitters. I hope I'll have some tidbits about VIPs like Ken Burns, who wrote, directed and produced the spectacular television series, "The Civil War," and Bernie Faloney, chairman of CME Industries, known to many in Baltimore for his baseball and football career at the University of Maryland back in the '50s. He went to Canada and became the John Unitas of Canadian football.
I can assure you that there will be a few surprises and an array of
baseball greats at the stadium, so stay tuned.
The Baltimore Advertising & Professional Club was first out of the gate to honor the chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, Herbert Belgrad, and it was a hit. (Of course, it helps that the Ad Club has a dynamo named Clarisse Mechanic
planning its programs.)
This is certain to be the year of Mr. Belgrad as more people begin to acknowledge the work he has done preserving and enhancing sports in Baltimore.
About 400 people were at the Omni for the tribute, including Mr. Belgrad's wife, Joanne; Governor Schaefer; Attorney General Joe Curran, who's sounding more like a gubernatorial candidate every day; State Comptroller Louis Goldstein; Mayor Kurt Schmoke; Ad Club president Sheldon Dagurt; former U.S. Attorney General Ben Civiletti; Harlow Fullwood, Kentucky Fried Chicken czar who bought seven tables.
Also, Marty Resnick, Martin's West; Jon Files and George Gephart, BG&Eers; Jerry Sachs, president of Centre Group and a close friend of Mr. Belgrad; Barry Silverman, president of Centre Management; Donna Patterson, general manager of the Baltimore Arena; Gary Handleman, Centre Management; Dick Kiefer, attorney; Allen Quille, parking magnate; John Schmitt, former Annapolis police chief, and Sister Kathleen Feeley, who is leaving the College of Notre Dame after 21 years.
She was beaming because she had just learned that she had landed a Fulbright Fellowship and will be going to India to teach American literature in time for the fall semester.
A Baltimore tradition takes place Saturday night. For 30 years, the Eye Ball has been an important part of our social and medical scene. Over the years, planners of the gala have tried to offer its guests something different, and this year is no exception. At 7:30 p.m., guests will board the Spirit of Baltimore for an evening that includes dinner, an auction, casino, cruising and dancing.
Diane Kracher is chairing the black-tie or nautical dress event for the Women's Committee of the Medical Eye Bank. Tickets are $100 and may be reserved by calling (410) 752-2020.