Turkey with mustard, film at 11:00


March 19, 2006|By LAURA VOZZELLA

Time will tell if Kimmie Meissner is the next Michelle Kwan. But she's already the next Jared Fogle.

Remember the Indiana University student who dropped 245 pounds on the two-Subway-sandwiches-a-day diet? If Subway can help you get skinny, maybe it can help you skate. After all, Meissner stops by a Bel Air Subway every day, on her way to practice in Delaware. Her standing order: turkey sub with mustard and carrots, plus cookies.

Now Meissner has landed something besides a triple axel: a TV ad for Subway.

The Olympian just filmed two commercials for the sandwich chain. The ads will air on Baltimore stations, starting tomorrow, to coincide with the World Championships, where Meissner is considered a favorite.

"I've never done a commercial before, so it was, like, a big deal," Meissner told The Sun's Justin Fenton. "The owner about two years ago said, `Wouldn't it be crazy if you ever did a commercial? We could have you do a commercial.' I never thought it'd actually happen."

One hurdle that had to be overcome: disbelieving Subway officials.

"We even had a hard time convincing Subway restaurants that it was a true story," said Tara Coleman, an advertising account executive for Subway. "In the script she says, `I eat there every day.' They said, `You can't say it if it's not true.'"

"It's a true story," Coleman assured me. "It's like Jared all over again."

Withholding rhyme, for what reason?

I hear Gov. Robert Ehrlich had some choice words for the legislature and others in a poem he delivered the other night at a Hibernian Society dinner. His office isn't giving out copies, though.

Is there a FOIA exception for documents written in iambic pentameter?

Which reminds me: The April Fool's Day deadline for my kids' poetry contest is looming. Send me your verse about Ehrlich, Martin O'Malley or Doug Duncan. And don't forget to include your age, school and a phone number for the grown-up in your life.

Mr. President, I need an excuse

Paulette Rebich of Owings Mills got stood up for lunch the other day. But boyfriend Mel Tansill of Catonsville had something better than an excuse. He had a presidential pardon.

"Paulette," began the message George Bush scribbled on Tansill's legal pad. "Please excuse Mel. Best wishes, George Bush."

The president wrote the note Wednesday at a Silver Spring retirement community to talk Medicare Part D. Tansill is public affairs director for the Catonsville company that manages the facility. So when the president decided to visit, Tansill had to be there - lunch date or no lunch date.

That didn't stop Rebich from ribbing him a bit. "She was kidding me, `Be sure to tell the president you dumped me for lunch to meet him,'" Tansill said. "I said, `Why not?'"

Tansill wriggled through the crowd to Bush and said, "I just want you to know I skipped lunch with my girlfriend to meet you." To Tansill's surprise, Bush dashed off the note and chatted for "over a minute."

"He was asking questions about me and Paulette, how we met, `Is it a serious relationship?'" Tansill said. "I think he must be a romantic at heart."

The gift of prophecy, municipal division

Message from the city's Transportation Department sent out the other morning: "Greenmount Avenue is temporarily closed due to a pending watermain break."

Someone over there must have a crystal ball.

Invite them all, and hang the expense

Take Smokin' Joe Frazier. Add Baltimore Opera singer Vicki Jones, the Ravens mascot Edgar and good eats. Sound like fun? Sure. Sound like a political fundraiser? Not really.

That's the idea, says Nicholas J. Del Pizzo III, a lawyer running for Baltimore City Circuit Court judge and no fan of run-of-the-mill political affairs.

"Have you been to fundraisers? They lack pizazz. They're stale," Del Pizzo, 37, told me the other day. "Most of them are in halls - VFW halls or Martin's West - and you usually pay $150 and you get a piece of cheese and ginger ale."

Tuesday's event at La Scala in Little Italy is sold out, with 110 people expected. But will it actually add to Del Pizzo's campaign coffers? Says the attorney, who does lots of bankruptcy work: "We're going to lose money on this one."

Put down that glass and listen

It was Town Crier Day in Annapolis Friday. It's a long story, and I'm about out of room. But here's what it boiled down to: Two guys with bells going around to bars with this message: "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez! The Most Honorable Ellen Moyer, Mayor of Annapolis, offers her felicitations and good cheer to all townsmen engaged in the revelry of St. Patrick's Day. She reminds ... [you] to select amongst you a coachman who refrains from such celebration to dispatch you safely homeward."

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