A crew from "Entertainment Tonight" came to town to tag along with "Homicide" stars Daniel Baldwin and Isabella Hofmann on a recent visit to the National Aquarium. The cameras rolled as they stopped to feed fresh fish to the sharks and feed quarters to the Rain Forest Parking Meter. The coins are used to preserve rain forest land.
The stars took "center stage" at the Ray Exhibit, where they adopted two of the aquarium's large sharks, which just recently were returned to their renovated Ocean Exhibit. (The aquarium people tell me this segment will appear on "Entertainment Tonight's" weekend version airing at 12:05 a.m. Sunday on WJZ.)
Celebrity watchers at the aquarium tell me that Debbie Dunning, who plays the "Tool Time Girl" on the ABC television show "Home Improvement," was spotted, as was Ben Stein, Hollywood actor, who gave memorable performances in the films "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and "The Wonder Years." Most recently, his face has become well known in Baltimore on the WMAR-TV Great Network Switch commercials.
How would you surprise a high-flying executive committee chairman? W.B. Doner employees came up with the perfect present for their chairman, Herb Fried, on his 40th anniversary with the company -- also the agency's 40th.
The timing was perfect. During a champagne toast, someone noticed an airplane flying by the agency's two-story atrium's window, towing a banner that read: "40 years. . . . Wow! Congrats Herb Fried and W.B. Doner."
The fact that the plane circled the Inner Harbor several times during a busy lunch hour and was seen by hundreds of people is enough to warm the cockles of any good PR man's heart.
Something special is taking place on Sunday, Feb. 12, at The Calvert House restaurant. One of the owners of the popular eatery, Barbara Lutzi, is working with Calvert House bartender Greg Pittman and Bennigan's bartender Mike Schultheiss, to raise much needed funds for the Chara House.
The House, which provides a temporary home for eight AIDS babies, is in dire need of things like a freezer, tables, chairs, cabinets and even diapers. If you'd like to help out, stop by the party on the 12th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., 347 N. Calvert St. Tickets are $35 and may be reserved by calling Barbara at (410) 539-3627.
Congratulations to Sandy Pagnotti, who decided to open her own business and use the expertise she gained while working in the Baltimore's Best office and later as director of special events for Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
According to her brochure, The Pagnotti Planning and Event Co. will plan meetings, special events or whatever you need for five to 5,000 people, while saving your organization time, money and headaches. (You may know Sandy's husband, Tom, from his many years as an on-air WMAR-TV personality.)
Oldfields girls school is thrilled that five of its students were among the 54 selected to be members of the United States Olympic Junior Volleyball Team, which is part of the United States Volleyball Association. Wini Lyons, Saudi Arabia; Liz Hoogenboom, New York; Misty Fletcher, Los Angeles; Elise Saab, Texas; and Anja Kroell, Pennsylvania, will play in games every other weekend through May at locations throughout the Chesapeake region. If they do well, they could be invited to play in the national tournament. I'm told that Lyons and Hoogenboom plan to pursue volleyball in college next year.