HOLIDAY parties have occupied every nook and cranny of hotels and restaurants during the past few weeks. One of the most popular of these office parties was the Leffler Agency's 12th annual bash held at the City Lights restaurant.
Leffler is Bob Leffler, who once had the incredible job of trying to handle public relations for Bob Irsay and the Baltimore Colts. Soon after Irsay left town in the middle of the night, Leffler opened an agency with an emphasis on sports.
And because of all the ties he has in pro football, the traditional crowd of media and marketing types showed up to see if any of the Baltimore Browns' inner circle would show. They were not disappointed. In attendance were Browns VPs David Modell and Jim Bailey (with wife Ann), along with Browns PR reps David Hopcraft and Michael Hopcraft.
Others who stopped by were John Moag, Maryland Stadium Authority's chairman, who is credited with bringing the Browns to town; Channel 2's GM Joe Lewin and his sports anchor Scott Garceau; radio talk show host Stan "The Fan" Charles; WQSR radio's wacky men of the morning, Steve Rouse and Tom Davis; former Colts players Joe Washington and Tom Matte; Orioles VP Walt Gutowski; WCBM-AM radio's GM Nick Mangione; WBAL-WIYY GM Ed Kiernan; WCRX radio GM Roy Deutschman; WXYV-WCAO GM Bob Woodward; sports agent Tony Agnone; CFL Stallions owner Jim Speros; and George Acton, Winner Distributors.
Maryland's racing world was well represented by racing commission chair Dr. Alan Levey; Martin Jacobs, a co-owner of Laurel/Pimlico; Tom Lattanzi, track lobbyist; Kim Goodwin, track hostess and handicapper; and Maryland Million VP Tim Capps.
Agency owner Leffler and his wife, Nan, greeted one and all, and welcomed the Browns to Baltimore. He also said that his company had a banner year and recently opened a second office in Tampa to handle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers account.
The weather played havoc with the attendance at Wednesday's World's Largest Office Party at the Hyatt Regency. But most of the celebrity bartenders showed up to fix drinks and help raise money for the University of Maryland Pediatric AIDS Center. Kudos to tennis star Pam Shriver; WBAL-TV's Jerry Sandusky; David Stein, Downtown Partnership; Florainne Applefeld, Maryland's Best director; and Robert Steele, Hyatt GM, for all their help.
Sajak, media mogul
"Wheel of Fortune"s Pat Sajak has been seen in and around Annapolis. Sure his wife's family lives nearby, but I am told that he might be interested in buying Annapolis radio stations WYRE-AM and WRNR-FM, owned by Jake Einstein
Check out the cover of this week's City Paper -- they have run a file photo of Mrs. Art Modell, aka actress Patricia Breslin. Gina Coffman, a City Paper senior graphics artist, was asked to
illustrate the "Auld Lang Phooey" story by Heather Joslyn. She unknowingly selected a photo of Jackie Cooper, Patricia Breslin and Cleo, the basset hound, from the NBC sitcom "People's Choice," which aired from 1955 to 1957.