A fine launching for 'Port Baltimore'

SYLVIA BADGER

January 08, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

It was celebration time Wednesday at the World Trade Center. More than 100 supporters of Baltimore's port community stopped by for a sneak preview of "Port Baltimore," anMPT production.

MPT collaborated with Emmy-award-winning filmmakers Bill Whiteford and Susan Hadary Cohen to produce this hourlong documentary that will air on MPT at 8 p.m. Monday and the following Saturday, and at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17.

MPT head honcho Raymond Ho became interested in making the film after a cruise of Baltimore's harbor, but realized it could not be done without a financial commitment from the private sector.

The port powers-that-be brought together the dynamic duo of Skip Brown, president of Belts Corp., and George S. Wills, president of Wills and Associates, who raised $140,000 from the private sector, with MPT kicking in an additional $40,000.

Wills, who likes to paint in his spare time, showed his appreciation to his co-chair at the screening by presenting him with a lovely watercolor of the Inner Harbor and Pier Five.

Other guests at the reception were Gov. William Donald Schaefer, who popped in for a few minutes; Gene Raynor of the Board of Elections Supervisors; Maryland Transportation Secretary Jim Lighthizer; port commissioners Owen Cole and Tom Koch; and president of the Maryland Port Authority Adrian Teal.

Also on hand were Zelig Robinson, chairman of the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission; Michael Watson, Private Sector Port Committee president and president of the Maryland Bay Pilots Association; Nelson Bull, president of the Propeller Club Trust; Jock Menzies of the Terminal Corp.; Chuck Hughes of Vane Brothers; and Tom Bohn, MPT vice president.

I also spotted Michael Angelos, deputy executive director of Maryland Port; David and Pat Bernstein of Duty Free International; and state Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski with his bride of five months, Pat, who told me they have monthly anniversary celebrations. Ain't love grand?

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Who will win the thrill of throwing a whipped cream pie in Baltimore County Del. Gerry Brewster's face? If you're interested in this dubious honor, save your money and be the high bidder at the third annual Baltimore County Celebrity Servers Luncheon Jan. 25 at Martin's Eudowood. (I can think of a few legislators unhappy with Brewster's stand on the legislative scholarship program who might want to bid.)

Brewster is honorary maitre d' of the luncheon, which benefits the Maryland chapter of the Leukemia Society of America. WJZ's Denise Koch will emcee the bidding. (Last year, she and WCBM's Tom Marr bought a pig at the luncheon, so perhaps they'll have a progress report on their porky pet.)

The work of the leukemia society is close to Brewster's heart because his father, former U.S. Sen. Danny Brewster, is a survivor of the disease.

Danny Brewster will be serving lunch, as will John Howard, Roger Hayden, Dick Rudolph, Farrell Maddox, Jim Cook, Trip Burch, Susan White-Bowden and Joe Curran.

For ticket information, call (410) 825-2500. See you there!

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