Pigtown legend, his lady plan wedding

October 26, 1997|By MICHAEL OLESKER

This is to announce, with all proper dignity and respect for the occasion, the wedding of Hunky Sauerhoff, founder and President-for-Life of the Loyal Sons of Pigtown, and Ms. Kathleen Perkins, the well-known fiancee, following a whirlwind courtship of barely 14 years.

The bride, formerly of Riffle, W.Va., where she grew up with money and cotillions, and the groom, lifetime resident of Pigtown and well-known for various civic pursuits, some of them within the bounds of the law, are planning a January wedding, which they agreed to discuss formally last week over lunch at the McDonald's on Washington Boulevard in Southwest Baltimore.

"Kathleen's dined with kings and sheiks," the groom, 65, announced grandly, lifting a celebratory french fry. The bride, once previously married to a fellow from Kuwait with royal connections and once previously to a guy from Arbutus, waved a delicate hand Hunky's way.

"She don't belong in this neighborhood with me," said Hunky, previously married once and the father of four. "Everybody's warned her. But she's been in Pigtown for 14 years, so now they couldn't get her out of here now without a bulldozer."

"Oh, come on," said Kathleen, 45.

"But don't make her sound rich, or I won't be able to borrow a dollar out there," said Hunky, who lives by a variety of off-the-record financial pursuits which, things being how they are, cannot be mentioned in the newspaper.

The happy couple has been romancing since 1983, having met when the legendary Hunky was doing some grass-roots political work -- pounding campaign lawn signs into the ground for Barbara Mikulski -- and Kathleen saw him and imagined, she FTC says, the second coming of Johnny Weissmuller, the former movie Tarzan.

"Naaaw," Hunky said with self-effacing grace, biting into a hamburger.

"And he swept me off my feet with his dynamic personality," said the bride-to-be, "and never mind all that other stuff."

By "other stuff," of course, she referred to Hunky's tendency to live from one brilliant idea to the next. In his favor, he's done considerable campaign work for various politicians over the years, and much charitable work in Southwest Baltimore.

Also, though, there was the time he went to a dog track in Florida and placed a large wager on a dog that proceeded to fall far behind the rest of the pack. Someone, perhaps it was Hunky, then hurriedly tossed a cat onto the track. The dogs scattered, and the race was scratched.

"I got blamed for it," Hunky said. "They put me on a bus and made me get out of Florida. Everybody in Pigtown knows about that. A friend of mine told me the other day, 'Hey, Hunk, I got two alley cats, let's go to Florida.' But them days are over, see?"

Then there was the time Hunky was forced to confront Donald Trump, the New York rich guy. This is all true. Hunky and Kathleen had designed a board game and sent a letter to Trump asking to use his name on it.

Meanwhile, they were so excited about protecting the integrity and legal rights of their game that they naturally took it over to Sid's Tavern in Pigtown, where they had it properly notarized. They never heard from Trump, but three years later came the board game called Trump: The Game, which Hunky says was virtually identical to the one he and Kathleen had designed.

There were letters back and forth and much talk of lawsuits. But the couple decided they didn't have enough money to take Trump to court, and the idea faded away.

Not that Kathleen hasn't known a few bucks in her own time. The daughter of a design engineer for DuPont, she grew up in a big house with 180 acres in West Virginia, amid parties and cotillions and vague talk that she was related to the actor Anthony Perkins.

"I've traveled a lot," Kathleen was saying last week. "I had sable and Russian furs, chinchilla and pearls and tortoise-shell jewelry. I've had thousand-dollar designer suits. I've lived in the Middle East and lunched with the owner of the Hilton Hotel there. But I'm happy living in Pigtown."

" 'Cause she met me," said Hunky. "Although I don't understand it."

"We have a lot in common," said Kathleen.

"I don't think anything," said Hunky.

"We're both patriotic," said Kathleen.

"Well, yeah," said Hunky, "plus we both like to help people."

So there you have it. Though the happy couple hasn't finalized a date, they say they'll wed "right after the holidays."

"We made up a guest list," Kathleen said, "but it came to 600 people, which meant we'd have to use Carroll Park or the stadium. So we may just have a maid of honor and a best man."

Whenever, it'll be the social event of the season for Pigtown, where Hunky's a legend and Kathleen's his lady.

Pub Date: 10/26/97

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