Producer of the year hails from Baltimore County

March 15, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

MARYLAND GRAD, successful business man James G. Robinson, founder, chairman and CEO of Morgan Creek Productions, has been named producer of the year by NATO/ShoWest. According to his spokeswoman, Linda Goldenberg, this is a special honor because the delegates are from dozens of countries and are part of the largest convention in the world devoted exclusively to the motion picture industry. (Linda, also a Baltimorean, says we'll see her at the O's home opener, which she never misses.) Robinson joins the company of other great producers like James L. Brooks, David Brown and Richard Zanuck, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Warren Beatty and Steven Spielberg.

Robinson lives in Baltimore County and always has commuted to the West Coast where he has produced nearly three dozen films since 1984. Some of the best known: "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" (which grossed domestically more than $100 million), "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "The Last of the Mohicans" and the the soon-to-be-released "Diabolique" starring Sharon Stone.

Hail to the doc

Special congratulations to Towson plastic surgeon, Dr. Hans Wilhelmsen, who is thrilled about the wonderful honor which has been bestowed upon him. Tomorrow, the first Hans R. Wilhelmsen, D.D.S., M.D., Lectureship in the Craniofacial Sciences will begin at 8: 30 a.m. at Jonhs Hopkins Hospital.

jTC What's equally exciting is that Dr. Paul L. Tessier, the pioneer and founder of craniofacial surgery, will be here from Paris to deliver the lecture at Hurd Hall Auditorium.

Dr. Wilhelmsen says the lectureship was made possible by a major contribution from his longtime friends, Mr. and Mrs. I.H. Hammerman and many, many others, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Hackerman, Mrs. Barbree Henderson, Mr. and Mrs. Warren McWilliams, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meyerhoff, Mr. Arne Wilhelmsen and Mr. Gjert Wilhelmsen. Tomorrow evening, friends and patrons of this event have been invited to cocktails and dinner at the Center Club in honor of Dr. Tessier.

Burke back east?

Speaking of local television personalities my spies tell me that we might see that happy face of former WMAR-TV news anchor Beverly Burke, who left Baltimore for the L.A. airways, soon. The contract's not signed yet, but I hear Bev is returning to anchor news on Washington's WUSA-TV, Channel 9, which can be seen by a lot of Baltimore viewers.

Green and swift

If you're interested in running in the O'Doul's Shamrock 5K Run on Sunday, register tomorrow, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Hess Running Center, Towson Town Center. According to David Colley, race director, the race, which begins at 1: 40 p.m. at Charles and Centre Streets, is a go, rain or shine. Your entry and presence includes a chance to win a free trip to Ireland.

Big-game house hunter

Seems we have a real celebrity real estate agent in our midst. For many years, Susan Offutt, an agent with O'Conor, Piper & Flynn, has been selling houses to Baltimore big spenders. Now I hear she's practically the official real estate agent of our new NFL football team showing houses to Pat and Art Modell, as well as team members and management types. Not a bad deal for either side.

Sporting fashion

The Hecht's store in Towson was the scene of Baltimore Thunder Major Indoor Lacrosse Team fashion show.

Models included Coach Skip Lichtfuss wearing denim Guess overalls with a basic white T-shirt; all-pro Tim Hormes in Polo golf wear; veteran Kevin Bilger looked great in a blue Polo Team USA sweat shirt; big-man Lindsay Dixon modeled Speedo's latest swim wear; and rookie Dan Radebaugh and rookie Rob Williams were dashing, too.

For a $2 donation, which went to the House of Ruth, fans could have their photos taken with their favorite star.

Pub Date: 3/15/96

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