Sher answers call, has a ball as Tennessee emcee Ah, but did he do the Tennessee waltz?

SYLVIA BADGER

January 22, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

When Tennessee sent out a last-minute call for a volunteer to emcee its inaugural ball, WJZ-TV's Richard Sher became the man of the hour.

Sher received a call at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, asking if he could fill in that evening, and as luck would have it, he was able to make it.

The Tennessee ball, I'm told, was one of the places to be. During the evening at the Washington Hilton, he met and introduced stars Paul Simon, Kathy Mattea, Jimmy Buffet, the Coral Reef Band and, of course, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Al and Tipper Gore.

Sher said talking to the Clintons while he was standing backstage was one of the biggest thrills he's ever experienced.

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Another Baltimorean was also called into service during the inaugural hoopla. Steven Parke, a free-lance illustrator and commercial artist, was asked to design a gray sweat shirt with Dizzy Gillespie's face on it in time for Tuesday's Cap Center gala.

A representative from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz had called Parke a week before the gala requesting the shirt for Bill Cosby.

He went to work, air brushing Gillespie's face and birth and death dates on the shirt as well as a stencil outline of his trumpet, and personally delivered the finished product to Washington.

Parke assumed that Cosby would wear the shirt at the Cap Center and was disappointed to see him wearing something else on the televised gala. His dismay was short-lived when the comedian gave the sweat shirt to President Clinton, who held it up for the world to see.

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Two Baltimore celeb-watchers, who attended the Tuesday night extravaganza at the Cap Center, said the stars were out in full force.

They saw Jack Nicholson, Michael Jackson, Goldie Hawn, Sally Field, Barbra Streisand, Chevy Chase, Barry Manilow and Chuck Berry on stage but said it was equally exciting to walk down the halls or go to the rest rooms. (Supposedly, a Cap Center veep spotted Darryl Hannah going into a ladies' room and quipped that she might put up a plaque saying, "Darryl Hannah sat here.")

Others, not on stage, seen by the celeb-watchers included that gorgeous hunk John F. Kennedy Jr., who never seems to be too far away from Hannah; Alex Baldwin and Kim Basinger, holding hands; James Garner; Ted Kennedy; Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter; Markie Post; Marilu Henner; and Coretta Scott King.

A funny note to the evening, the guests said, was to see people dressed to the nines eating bags of popcorn and carrying little boxes of pizzas.

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Gloria Brennan, owner of the Pikesville beauty salon of the same name, had a great time attending several parties in Washington this week.

She wore a fitted full-length Oleg Cassini gown, covered with pearls and sequins, to a Clairol reception at Lulu's New Orleans Cafe that caught the attention of one celebrity guest, Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Brennan was pleased when the sex therapist LTC commented, "Nice dress."

Next stop for Brennan was a Madison Broadcasting Company, $1,500- a-couple "do" at the Sheraton, where the Clintons popped in for about 20 minutes.

Brennan said entertainers Kenny G and Michael Bolton put on a great show and that she managed to talk with notables Joe Theismann, Tip O'Neill and James Brady.

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What do Randy and Margaret Brown, son and daughter-in-law of Stanley and Edie Brown, Baltimore Arena's PR director, have in common with Hillary and Bill Clinton?

They both have original John Harris oil paintings hanging in their homes.

When Margaret Brown decided to have a portrait of their daughter, Elizabeth, and the family's Irish setter, Max, painted as a surprise for Randy's birthday, she contacted Harris, a Connecticut-based painter.

She learned that the painter's dad went to Yale Law School with the Clintons and had presented the first lady with a painting his son had done of the president.

Mrs. Clinton was impressed with his work and gave him a few photos she liked of the president. Harris painted another portrait, which will now hang in the White House.

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