Columbia residents join inaugural celebrations in Washington WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

January 20, 1993|By LARRY STURGILL

Today's inauguration of President-elect Bill Clinton begins what most people hope will be a rebirth of growth, both spiritually and economically, in this country.

Depending upon your party affiliation, it is a process all Americans enjoy or endure, every four years. Yet, we all recognize that it is this very process that makes America unique, and strong.

Although news coverage of the many celebrations leading up to today's inaugural finale have been overshadowed by the events in Iraq, a number of Columbia residents have been in Washington, enjoying the festivities.

Darlene and Marc Foxworth, formerly of Fort Smith, Ark., and current Dorsey's Search residents, began making plans to attend the inauguration the evening Mr. Clinton won the election.

Mr. Foxworth, who says he worked "the hinterlands of western Arkansas" as a campaign worker during Bill Clinton's first two gubernatorial elections, is now a draftsman with an engineering firm in Alexandria, Va.

He made hotel reservations to stay in the Washington area during inaugural week. "He's more gung-ho about this than I am," said Mrs. Foxworth, who is executive secretary to the president of a Towson-based consulting firm. She spent the weekend with her husband at a hotel in Alexandria.

"Saturday night, we went to a party thrown by some of the Arkansas campaign people Marc knew, and joined the mob on the Mall on Sunday. Except for the party, we've played it by ear," Mrs. Foxworth said.

She said her husband pulled some strings and managed to get one ticket to yesterday's concert at Capital Centre.

"He also tried to get us an invitation to one of the inaugural balls where Clinton and Gore would make an appearance, but it didn't happen. He was a little disappointed. It doesn't matter, though. We just wanted to be part of this event, and we have. It's been fun."

Mrs. Foxworth said she had to return for work on Monday and Tuesday, but was able to get today off and would be heading back to D.C. for the inauguration and the parade.

Another person enjoying the festivities is Hickory Ridge resident and George Washington University sophomore Fran Apperton, who, along with a group of college friends, spent Sunday enjoying the entertainment and the fireworks. According to her mother, Jean, they plan to fight the crowds again today.

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Buyer beware! I was talking to a neighbor, who for reasons you will soon see, prefers to remain anonymous. She was recently laid off from the job she had held for the past six years. Although her husband's job provides enough income for her family to live comfortably, she felt she had let them down because it was her income that had provided the little extras the family had become accustomed to having.

In a moment of despair, she says she responded to a small advertisement in a newspaper which promised she could make $300 to $500 per week working out of her home. She called the telephone number in the ad and was given the perfect sales pitch.

"He was so pleasant and nice, and very understanding of my problem," she says. "He said everything I wanted to hear and I went for it."

After talking with him, and without consulting with her husband or anyone else, she went to the post office and mailed off a money order for $49.95. In exchange, she was told she would receive a starter kit to begin manufacturing unique, and very expensive, children's toys for a catalog sales company that sold only to very exclusive, and very wealthy, clientele.

Two weeks later, she received a small package, via fourth-class mail. It contained some wooden sticks and blocks, looking much like cheap Tinker Toys parts, and a photocopied sheet offering her the opportunity to send more money, $159 to be exact, for the full production kit.

She says she felt like a fool and received little sympathy from her husband when she told him.

"Never again," she says. Instead, she has decided to take the advice of a friend at church and join her Amway sales group.

Like I said, buyer beware!

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Slayton House, in Wilde Lake Village Green, is offering a new Jacki fitness program, called Fit, Forty and Fun. It is designed for women rediscovering fitness or those wanting to learn how to get fit. For those interested, there will be a free demonstration class on Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to noon.

The scheduled eight-week class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $52 per person.

For more information, call Nancy at 740-9379.

Parents might want to attend the class on First Aid for Children to be held at the Dorsey Search Meeting Room on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to learn how to respond properly to those accidents that are inevitable for children. The right response can make a difference.

For additional information, please call 730-4005.

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