For many years, the President of the State Senate Mike Miller and his Prince George's County Delegate Gary Alexander have had some rather interesting contests to see who could lose the most weight before the legislative session. Many legislators attempt to do this because they tend to gain weight at the lobbying parties that are held almost every night.
This year, Alexander got his revenge. He gave Miller a Christmas present of personal workouts at home, which Miller loved and has continued. Three times a week, Prince George's County Police Cpl. Ivan Lanier arrives at Miller's home for a 5:30 a.m. workout. Alas, Miller is in better shape, but he's five pounds heavier. Seems there is some truth to the rumor that muscle weighs more than fat.
"From Night Sticks to Drum Sticks" is the delightful name Harlow Fullwood has chosen for a book he intends to publish about his life. But, for the time being, Fullwood stays busy running his four Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises and the Fullwood Foundation, which he and his wife, Elnora, organized in 1991.
His business success is thanks, he says, to the efforts of Jesse Jackson who worked with founders of Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1983 to encourage them to help minorities own franchises. Armed with nothing but a will to succeed and his honors as a police officer for 23 years, he got a guaranteed first loan of $750,000 and the rest is history.
Last Saturday, his foundation held a breakfast at Martin's West to honor Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Dr. Levi Watkins, Dr. Allix B. James, Clarisse Mechanic, Victor Frenkil and Anthony Kenion. More than 1,700 did breakfast at 8:30 for the illustrious list of honorees and to raise money for 30 charities whose reps picked up checks ranging from $500 to $10,000.
Jan. 14 was Kathy Davis Day in Baltimore County and it was also the day of her retirement party at Christopher's. Kathy, a legal administrative secretary, retired after 15 years with the county.
She and her husband, Jeff, greeted approximately 125 well-wishers, who included everyone from Howard "the Mailman" Wexler to former Baltimore County executive Don Hutchinson, now a honcho with the Maryland Economic Growth Associates and Maryland Chamber, who arrived with a shopping bag filled with candy. Seems the candy was an attempt to replace a few of the sweets he enjoyed from Kathy's well-supplied candy stash.
Others county employees who stopped by were Merreen Kelly, Baltimore County administrative officer who read the proclamation; Gene Neff, director of public works; Fred Homan, director of budget; Jim Gibson, director of finance; Arnold Jablon, director of zoning administration and development control; Lois Baldwin, whose job as director of arts and sciences was dissolved due to the county budget crunch; and Honora Freeman, June Streckfus and Judy Sussman, Kathy's three bosses over the years.
The 110th birthday celebration of the Woman's Industrial Exchange, a place well-known for its homemade foods and handmade items, took place Monday.
Waitresses wore little signs that said 110 years old, which a friend of mine thought perhaps was the age of the delightful person waiting on her. Birthday planners surprised patrons with free birthday cake and by bringing back old-time menu favorites like kidney stew on rice, butterscotch tart and floating island.
The Woman's Exchange has been a Baltimore tradition at its 333 N. Charles St. location and is open for breakfast and lunch Mondays to Fridays, 7 a.m. till 3:30 p.m.
Bette Teich called to tell me how much she enjoyed "Catskills on Broadway," playing at the Lunt Fontanne Theater in New York City. She says the show is funny and features the antics of comic stars Freddie Roman, Dick Capri, Marilyn Michaels and Mal Z. Lawrence. I called the theater to ask about the run of the show and was told it is selling tickets through March 15.
Dr. Kim Hammond of Falls Road Animal Hospital is excited about coming article in People mag about the Puppy Protection Act, a bill that Maryland Congressman Ben Cardin has introduced in Congress.
Hammond is optimistic about the bill, because of the interest expressed by the Humane Society of America and big names like Bill Cosby and Melissa Gilbert. The act is aimed at putting puppy mills out of business, which hopefully would put an end to the heartbreak of getting attached to some very sick pets.