A MISSIVE CROSSED our desk recently, posing this most perplexing question: What do Michael Jordan, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, Bill Cosby and Baltimore ad exec Hal Donofrio have in common? Was this, we pondered, one of those confounded trick questions bound to pluck our absolute last and only nerve? Fortunately, not.
As it turns out, all of the above were sent personally embossed leather bound editions of The New International Version of the Bible from Zondervan Publishing House President Jim Buick, who selected this distinguished group for having positive influences on American society. Donofrio raised more than $3.5 million for a recent public service campaign to prevent teen pregnancies.
TO AID OUR troops who're arriving home from the Persian Gulf, United Way has set up a booth, staffed by volunteers, at BWI's Pier C/D to aid with transportation, financial assistance, job counseling and temporary shelter. Their phone number is (301) 685-0525 or (800) 492-0618.
MOVIE MANIA: Noted media critic Marc Crispin Miller will be on hand tomorrow and Friday nights to introduce Frances Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" (I and II) at the Baltimore Film Forum's "American Classics: Visions of America" series this month. Meanwhile, film buffs may want to mark their calendars for April 28 when actor Tom Courtney and producer Steve North will appear in person following the screening of "The Last Butterfly" at the closing of the BFF's International Film Festival.
LOUNGE LIZARDS, listen up. "Animal Night" has returned to the Pimlico Restaurant in Pikesville starting tomorrow night when the restaurant stays open late and the lounge offers complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Slither on over. . . . Jim Turner's newly opened "Turners" bar on Cross Street in Federal Hill has gone, er, new age. Owner Turner uses "aromatherapy" to keep the bar smelling sweet. Oh, my. . . . Meanwhile, they're going nuts over on Belair Road, hon, where J.T.'s Saloon is celebrating "Jimmy Carter Day." On March 16, customers will be able to fill up on fresh peanuts all day and night.
DON'T FORGET THE EVENT to benefit the hungry, cold, and homeless tomorrow night at the Baltimore Grand featuring music by Gazze, a silent and live auction, and a "unity song" led by singer Lloyd Marcus and wife Mary Parker. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 752-1325 for info.