Some more bones about it

SYVIA BADGER

August 01, 1993|By SYVIA BADGER

When the nation of St. Vincent, located in the British West Indies, issued Elvis stamps last year, the Maryland-based International Collectors Society was the sole distributor. The stamps were the hottest collectible Scott Tilson and Jeffrey Franz, founders of the society, handled in 1992, but they expect their newest collectible cache to be even hotter.

This time, they are the sole distributors of 1,438 dinosaur bones from the Jurassic period.

I kid you not. Tilson says Wyoming paleontologist Richard Hebdon recently discovered the fossilized sauropod leg bones in a prehistoric riverbed in central Utah.

After seeing the film "Jurassic Park," Hebdon thought ordinary people might want to have their own genuine dinosaur bones, so the society was asked to distribute them.

You may write to the society at 111 Water St., Suite 300, Baltimore, Md. 21202, or call (800) 624-4427 to order them. The bones will be sent to you in a custom velvet pouch, along with three certifying documents, at a cost of $14.95 plus $3 shipping.

Mario Andretti wasn't among the guests attending the Arthritis Foundation's Mini Grand Prix kick-off party last week, but he did send his manager, J. T. Thorman. Andretti is the honorary chair of the Oct. 24 event, which takes place at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Chairing this racing event is Jim Astrachan, who told me any company willing to put up $3,500 will get a helmet, spare tire and mini-car, all of which become the property of the company. For another $250, company logos can be painted on the sides of the car.

The company then has to get two drivers to race around Camden Yards, which will be transformed into a raceway with miniature Indy-style cars speeding along a hair-raising course of twists and turns.

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For more information on the event, call (410) 602-0160.*

Another merger seems to be in businessman Roger Gray's future, only this time it's personal. Gray, president of Gray Kirk/VanSant and one of Baltimore's most eligible bachelors, and Kathy Conway, who works for Westinghouse, are getting married on Dec. 4.

They met after Gray Kirk & Evans' acquisition of VanSant Dugdale, when Bob Duke, a longtime VanSant executive and Kathy's stepfather, invited Roger to a cocktail party.

Stars of Broadway, business and education will shine at the Sept. 8 Parents Anonymous of Maryland fund-raiser at Martin's West. Two of Maryland's leading executives, Norman Augustine, CEO of Martin Marietta and chair of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, and J. Harold Chandler, president of NationsBank in the Baltimore/Washington area, have agreed to chair a dinner honoring Nancy S. Grasmick, who balances two state jobs -- state superintendent of schools and special secretary of the Office for Children, Youth and Families.

And for the lighter side of the evening, Tony Award-winning Kathy -- "Gypsy" and "A Few Good Men" -- Levin, who happens to be a Baltimorean, is creating a show. Tickets are $100 and may be reserved by calling (410) 889-2300.

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Congrats to Mel Tansil, United Way's media and community relations manager, who had three of his poems included in a chapbook published by the Baltimore Writers' Alliance and sold at last week's Artscape Festival . . .

Russ Margo came up with a clever idea for a radio show, and WITH-1230 AM decided to give it a try. Every Friday evening from 9 to 11, Margo is host of a combination live music/talk show. He says the background sounds will be like a typical cocktail lounge with glasses tinkling and people talking, while he sings, plays the keyboard and chats with people who call.

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On Labor Day Sunday, I am planning to run a calendar of social FTC events that will take place between September and December and will be open to the public. If your organization is planning a large fund-raiser (can't promise to get in all the events), please send me the who, what, when, why, where, cost, address and a telephone number. Our mailing address is 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278; or fax the info to (410) 783-2519.

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