Rex Barney writes about baseball

SYLVIA BADGER

January 31, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

Rex Barney has written a book, "Thank Youuuu for 50 years in Baseball from Brooklyn to Baltimore," which is due in the bookstores Feb. 11.

From his glory days with the Brooklyn Dodgers to his struggle to overcome illnesses, Barney, aka the voice of the Orioles, tells it all with the help of Eastern Shore writer Norman Macht.

According to Barney's friend, Chuck McGeehan, "It's sure to be a best seller in Baltimore." The book will sell for $19.95.

Barney's invited a group of people to a book-signing party at the Babe Ruth Museum on Feb. 6, the Babe's birthday.

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What is former "Evening Mag" hostess Donna Hamilton doing these days, besides her Saturday morning radio talk show on WBAL-AM with her husband, Dave Paulson?

Lots of movies! She's done her share of corporate films and videos, but the most exciting news is that she was picked to play a reporter in the Clint Eastwood movie, "Line of Fire," and also in the Jonathan Demme movie, "Philadelphia," which stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.

In her scene with Eastwood, she stands about a foot from him and asks a question. In the "Philadelphia" movie, she asks the two stars a question as they leave the courthouse.

No release dates have been set for the films, but sounds like life after "Evening" is sweet indeed.

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Congratulations to Ruth Williamson, who's playing on Broadway "Guys and Dolls," and to Baltimore County Circuit Judge Dana Levitz, both of whom have been named this year's outstanding alums from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

Is it a coincidence that these honorees were theater majors and are being feted at a time when the Board of Regents is considering dropping theater as a major at that campus?

Williamson, a '77 grad, is upset by the possibility.

"I was horrified when I heard the news. I feel that the success I've had in my professional life in films, Broadway and television is due to the training and nurturing I got from UMBC's theater department. The quality of work in some of their productions is as good as anything I've seen in New York."

NDAlums will gather for the festivities at the Hyatt Regency Feb. 18.

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In and Around Town:

Rumor has it that former state senator and now Baltimore County District Judge John Coolahan will resign from the bench and run for public office. Most think the office will be Baltimore County executive . . .

Ordell Braase and Tom Matte, two of Baltimore's best known Colts, will be celebrity bartenders at the Millrace Tavern on Franklintown Road in Woodlawn from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 3. This event kicks off a series of celebrity bartending nights to benefit Maryland Special Olympics . . .

Every time I bump into U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, she tells me about her new clothes. She loves Nordstrom's Rack and was spotted at a Washington luncheon sporting a spiffy fuchsia wool suit from Ruth Shaw of Cross Keys. She said she loves it when skirts are short, because then they are long on her and she doesn't have to have them hemmed . . .

Mayor Kurt Schmoke is pushing hard for his buddy Baltimore City State's Attorney Stuart Simms to take Republican Richard Bennett's place as U.S. Attorney for Maryland . . .

I also hear that Bennett is considering running for attorney general of Maryland if Joe Curran, the present attorney general runs for governor . . .

Landmark Homes chairman and president Gary Houston and Rick Yaffe, respectively, made their debut as talk show hosts several weeks ago on WCBM-AM. Both have been pleasantly surprised by the volume of questions they have received about homebuilding and home buying. You can hear them from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays . . .

Something new's been added to Casa Mia's Monday night menu. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Helmut Licht will entertain guests at the Towson restaurant with piano music, while they dine on Italian and Greek goodies.

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