Artie Donovan to feel heat

SYLVIA BADGER

November 08, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

There's little question that Artie Donovan has entertained Marylanders over the years more than any other Baltimore Colt. Whether he was sacking quarterbacks in the good old days of football in Baltimore or sharing his outstanding wit on television, he's a star.

Now it's time to pay tribute to him. The Sports Boosters of Maryland have invited Stan Jones, Jim Ringo, John Unitas, Jim Parker, Lenny Moore, Ordell Braase, Dick Szymanski and George Young to roast Artie Nov. 19 at Martin's West.

There will also be the presentation of the Lou Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award, as voted by Baltimore sportswriters, to Mike Devereaux. Chuck Thompson will emcee the evening's antics.

The doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the program at 8 p.m. There will also be a silent auction featuring an array of sports memorabilia. Tickets are $60 each and will benefit charities like the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and the Ed Block Courage House. Call (410) 561-0065 for more information.

Recent articles on the discovery of the first known poisonous bird, a hooded pitohui, in New Guinea have a local connection. The information in the articles was taken from a report in Science journal, written by Dr. Bruce M. Beehler.

Beehler, a writer-researcher with the Wildlife Conservation International, a division of the New York Zoological Society, grew up in Roland Park. His proud mother, Cary Beehler, still lives in Baltimore.

A car collector donated a DeLorean car as a raffle item to benefit the American Diabetes Association at last Saturday's Sugar Ball at the Hyatt Regency.

The winner of the car was New Yorker Marsha Willen, who was a guest at the Hyatt the night of the ball. The mother of a diabetic child, she noticed the raffle tickets in the hotel lobby and bought $100 worth of tickets. Imagine Willen's surprise when the party-goers called her room to tell her she was the winner. She hopped out of bed and made an appearance at the party.

For the first time since 1948, Morris Blum, the owner and founder of Annapolis radio station WANN-AM (1190), has switched to a country format. According to Bob White, the station's director of programming and promotion, "Country music continues to be the fastest growing format in America." WANN began playing modern country music and country classics last Monday; before then its format was urban contemporary.

The Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, home of the Hoffberger Gallery, will feature the lovely watercolors of Alice Hoffberger this month. Ms. Hoffberger will be at the gallery at 7401 Park Heights Ave. from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. p.m. today for a wine and cheese party. If you haven't seen her paintings or don't own one, your eyes have missed a special treat.

Glen Burnie resident Maurice A. LaCasse, who retired from the military in 1979 after a career in the army, has penned the recently released book, "Nostradamus: The Voice that Echoes Through Time."

LaCasse began studying the works of Nostradamus while in the hospital recuperating from battle wounds in 1967. He says that since the 1980s more than 20 of Nostradamus' predictions have come to pass.

If you'd like to meet LaCasse, he'll be at a book-signing at Avante Garde Book Store in Towson on Nov. 14. Or if you'd like to order a copy of his book ($19.95), call Noble House publishers in Owings Mills, (410) 356-2000.

Congratulations to Maryland's Most Beautiful People. The 24 volunteers, selected from 1,000 statewide nominations, were judged on the effect they have had on their communities.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer joined Floraine Applefeld, director the "Maryland You are Beautiful" program, at an awards ceremony at St. John's College Wednesday evening.

The winners included Turner A. Duncan, Anne Arundel County; the Rev. Norman A. Handy, Baltimore; Mike Wilson, Baltimore County; Patricia Grimes, Carroll County; Robert Varelli, Harford County; Harts Brown, Howard County; Harvey H. Camp, Kent County; Joseph and Rosemary Dicrispino, Queen Anne's County; and USN Rear Adm. Rafael C. Benitez, Talbot County.

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