Crowds in a mist gather in capital for inauguration

January 20, 1995|By SYLVIA BADGER

In addition, a column in yesterday's Today section incorrectly reported that Rhonda Overby, who recently left WBAL-TV to pursue an acting career, was seeking a part on the television series "Homicide." Ms. Overby already has a role on the show as a reporter.

* The Sun regrets the error.

Annapolis is always an interesting place to visit, but during inauguration week it's even more so. Old-timers and first-timers come from all over the state to see and be seen. Betty and Lloyd "Hot Dog" Simpkins were among the first people I ran into on Wednesday. He was once a powerful member of the House of Delegates elected from Somerset County in 1950. We reminisced about inaugurals dating back to Gov. Theodore R. McKeldin's first one. Turns out that "Hot Dog" will be returning to Annapolis as the guest speaker for the upcoming dinner of Senates Past, a group of former state senators.

Nearby in the Senate chamber, Gov. Parris Glendening and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend were being sworn in by Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert C. Murphy.


I stopped by to chat with Nancy German, top aide to Senate President Mike Miller. German filled me in on some of the VIPs who managed to squeeze into the chamber, along with all the senators, delegates and cabinet members. Besides the first lady, Frances Anne, and the first son, Raymond, there was room for Cardinal William H. Keeler; U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes; State Comptroller Louis Goldstein; Attorney General Joe Curran; Judge Robert Sweeney; former Gov. Harry Hughes; and former Lt. Gov. Mickey Steinberg.

Other special guests were friends and family of Mr. Glendening and Mrs. Townsend -- Tricia Hughes; Peggy Stewart; Peach, Boo and Ethan Burton; the guv's sister, April, and her husband, Ted Paulin; the lientenant-guv's husband, David Townsend and their four children Maeve, Meaghan, Kate and Kerry. Last, but not least among the guests was Ethel Kennedy, the proud mother of our new lieutenant governor. Kennedy was overheard asking about the history of the statehouse. Unfortunately, the man standing near her did not know the answer.

A couple of ins and outs: The term Governor's Mansion is out, Government House is in again; former Gov. William Donald Schaefer and First Friend Hilda Mae Snoops are out; former Gov. Harry Hughes and his wife, Pat, are back in.

Around town:

* Outgoing Secretary of Employment and Economic Development Mark Wasserman, parked his car in the Naval Academy parking lot next to me on Wednesday. He begins his new job as a rain maker for First Fidelity Bancorp next week . . .

* After working for WBAL-TV for 6 1/2 years, Lisa Salters, has been hired by ABC News Service in Los Angeles and -- you've guessed it -- she'll be covering the O.J. Simpson trial . . .

* Rhonda Overby also has left Channel 11 to pursue an acting career. She's trying to land a small part in the television series, "Homicide," but I hear she's not worried about not making money because she's been blessed with a wealthy family . . .

The beat goes on for Joseph Meyerhoff II. As chair of the Peggy & Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, he's simply carrying on a family tradition of providing for the performing arts in Maryland. The fruits of his labor will become a reality on April 30 at a gala opening featuring the Annapolis Symphony and internationally renowned Geffen Record recording star, Noa.

Country Western Hall will be in town April 23 for a benefit performance for the Maryland Center for Childhood Language Disorders at the Meyerhoff. Call (410) 783-8000, to reserve $30 and $23 tickets for the 3 p.m. concert.

This will be his first concert in Baltimore in nine years, but I hear one enticement was crabs. He loves Maryland steamed crabs so old friends Nancy and Lou Grasmick and Sandy and John Unitas are planning a (private) crab feast for him.

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