A farewell for one of Maryland's great boosters


RANDY EVANS, former Secretary Of the Department of Economic and Employment Development, DEED, came to his going away party in the style for which he's become well known. Who else would arrive at Martin's West in an 18-wheel tractor trailer truck, compliments of the Manekin Corp., with "Maryland With Pride" banners on either side?

Evans has left his state job to become vice president of CSX Transportation, and for the time being, he'll stay in Baltimore. Several hundred people showed up to extend their best wishes to the Evans family: Randy and Lynn, and their two children, Paul and Annie. Some of the well-wishers were Shirley and Brice Phillips of restaurant fame, and their friends, Tom and Francis Flowers; Bill Dunbar, AT&T; lobbyist; Jimmy Piper, of real estate fame; Chris Costello, Maryland Chamber of Commerce; Harford County exec Eileen Rehrmann; PR whiz Phyllis Brotman; Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Zotas; Lainy LeBow, one of Gov. Schaefer's top aides; and Bob and Sandy Hillman, he's an attorney and she's a well-known PR gal.

Director of the Office of Aging, Rosalie Abrams, greeted Montgomery County Sen. Larry Levitan, (whose tiffs with the governor have made Levitan famous in our state) by saying, "I'm so glad to see you've become a statesman. You're talking about raising taxes."

One of the most interesting people I met was Selig Solomon, the director of Technical Development for the state. He's led many lives before coming to Maryland. But the one I found most fascinating was that he, at the request of President John F. Kennedy, helped start the elite Navy unit the Seals.

Others with whom I chatted briefly were Marvin Rogul, a Ph.D on loan to DEED from the University of Maryland, and Jim Tebay, Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence. Nearby was Mark Wasserman, longtime Schaefer aide and the new DEED Secretary, who was content to let Randy bask in the limelight.

Dr. Bernard McGibbon is chairing GBMC's 3rd Annual GBMC Golf Classic scheduled for Sept. 23 at the Chestnut Ridge Country Club. He and his co-chairs, Dr. Robert Stoltz and Dr. Robert Medalie, say the whole operation is running smoothly and it should be a great day on the links. Here's a few folks who will be teeing off to benefit the GBMC Nursing Education Fund: celebrity host Kenny Cooper; GBMC president Bob Kowal; Jim Donahue, Industrial Shows of America; Dave Gemmel of Dave Gemmel Inc; Dr. Theodore Rogers, GBMC Foundation president; and Tom Sullivan and Lee Hardin from Lake Falls Construction. A Pontiac Grand Prix is this year's "hole in one" prize, which, by the way, was won last year by the first golfer to tee off. Call Priscilla Calvert, 828-2773, for more information on the classic and banquet that follows.

Russ Margo has been doing his musical comedy routine for 25 years. Gigs have included Universal Studio Tours, The Shoreham in Washington and the Comedy Store in California. This entertainer/comedy writer called to tell me about his new television show "Russ Margo: The Right Stuff," which will air on Comcast Television, Channel 6, tomorrow at 8 p.m. The show will run 12 more times on that station, but you'll have to check your cable guide for other times.

Birch Bayh, chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Institute Against Prejudice & Violence, is coming to town to have breakfast with the winners of the 1991 Stanley Sollins Memorial Awards. The individual winner is Rev. Chester L. Wickwire, Johns Hopkins Champlain for more than 30 years. Wickwire has worked on behalf of humans rights in El Salvador. The law firm of Hogan & Hartson is the other honoree, given because of the firm's extraordinary pro bono service on behalf of civil rights around the country. The winners were will be honored at the Sollins Memorial Breakfast on Sept. 5 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel.

For the past three years, popular singers The Hard Travelers, noted for their extensive repertoire of songs, have been working to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. On Sept. 20, they're at it again and will open for country superstar Barbara Mandrell and her band, the Do-Rites at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Also performing that evening will be the Starland Vocal Band, (Bill and Taffy Danoff, Margot Chapman and Jon Carroll). This group topped the charts in 1976 with Bill Danoff's catchy number, "Afternoon Delight." This will be their first reunion since they disbanded in 1981. If you'd like to attend, call Cystic Fibrosis, 771-9000, or Ticketmaster, 481-6000. There's a ticket for every pocketbook -- they range in price from $100 to $13.25.

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