Zoo offers a different kind of monkey business

April 09, 1995|By SYLVIA BADGER

"Twelve Monkeys" and a couple of movie stars had top billing at the Baltimore Zoo recently.

Tony Award-winner Christopher Plummer and Golden Globe nominee Brad Pitt, in town filming Terry Gilliam's new movie, "Twelve Monkeys," spent half a day at the zoo for a photo session. Plummer was caged in one of the old hyena pens down the steps from the zoo mansion, while Pitt joined 30 extras in a sequence showing a group of animal activists demonstrating against the zoo.

The film's other stars, Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe, have also been seen around town, and they cause quite a stir when RTC they are recognized. A Willis sighting in the Fells Point area reportedly came close to starting a riot.

Breakfast business

Let's all do breakfast May 3 at the Business Breakfast sponsored by Network 2000, an organization founded to support gender equity. Arrive early for the 7:30 a.m. breakfast and lecture at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, because the event has traditionally attracted more than 500 people.

This year's speaker is Deborah Tannen, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University and author of the best sellers "That's Not What I Meant," "You Just Don't Understand: Men and Women in Conversation," and her newest, "Talking 9 to 5." I love the way she describes the communication styles used by men and women as cultural differences, saying, "Men do not dominate women, but only misunderstand them."

Something new has been added to this year's format. Network 2000 and Warfield's Publishing Co. will present the first Business 2000 Award to the company that exemplifies the goals of Network 2000: women in management positions, women on its boards of directors, company policies on women in the work force.

If you feel your company qualifies for such an award or would like to order $35 breakfast tickets, call (410) 783-8225 and leave a message.

Bowling for dollars

This year's "Bowling for Scholars" was a phenomenal success that raised a record $65,000 for the Learning Bank, thanks to the efforts of co-chairs Lainey LeBow-Sachs and Leonard Sachs.

The Learning Bank, under the direction of Sister Mary Judith Schmelz, serves more than 400 adult learners a year.

Gary Posner, an attorney with Whiteford Taylor and Preston, was master of ceremonies for the event and awarded door prizes. And WJZ reporter Dave Ricklin introduced Diane Perdue, who shared details of how the Learning Bank changed her life.

Doug Becker, CEO of Sylvan Learning Centers, primary sponsor of the event, was among the 300 people who filled all 48 lanes of Towson Fair Lanes.

Others in attendance were Otis Warren, Otis Warren Management Co; Freda and Walter Amprey -- he's superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools; Mark and Pat Joseph, Shelter Development Corp.; Pam and Arnold Lehman -- he's director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and Pam works for the Learning Bank; John and Diane Baum -- he's with Shapiro and Olander; Jan and Larry Rivitz -- she directs the Straus Foundation; Anne and Chris West -- she chairs the Learning Bank's Advisory Council; and Tom Weisser and his wife, Margaret Alton -- he's with Legal Aid and a member of the Learning Bank's Advisory Council.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Jay Jeffrey Block, an insurance specialist with Berkshire, who tells me that he's the first Baltimorean ever named to the editorial board of the American Journal of Family Therapy.

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