Boxes of actor-comedian Bill Cosby's old clothes and a mixed bag of his memorabilia raised nearly $3,300 at an auction Tuesday in Timonium. As auctioneer Richard Opfer slammed the gavel ending the sale, Cosby fans left with his old suits, framed posters and pictures, and even a pair of tennis shoes with gum rubber soles covered with metallic sprinkles.
Camille, wife of the famous actor-comedian, retrieved the items from their basement and sent the boxes to Baltimore to help raise money for her close friend and Superior General of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, Sister Mary Alice Chineworth. (Camille is an alumnae of the Sisters' Washington school.)
Nearly 450 people filled the Camden Club yesterday morning to hear author Pat Aburdene talk about women and their roles in the '90s, a topic covered in her book, "Megatrends 2000."
The breakfast meeting was the first public event, sponsored by a new organization of women, Network 2000, founded by Carolyn Burridge and Tucky Ramsey. Aburdene touched on several subjects, near and dear to the hearts of Network 2000 members, such as the lack of women on male-dominated boards of directors.
Breakfast guests included Network members Lois Shofer, Nancy Grasmick, Helene Hahn, Marilyn Maultsby, Marcy Hallock, Dr. Nancy Ward, Carolyn McGuire-Frenkil, City Comptroller Jackie McLean, Frances Reaves, Lisa Renshaw, Mary Ann Saar, Ginny Smith, Merry Coplin, Timmerman Daugherty and yours truly.
Others I spotted were Susie MacFarlane, Marcie Watts, Edie Brown, Carol Purcell, Doris Patz, Clarisse Mechanic, Mildred O'Tenasek, Nancy and George Gephart, Judge Joseph Kaplan, Rick Sarmiento and Sister Rosemarie Nassif, president of Notre Dame College.
Best wishes to Marguerite Schertle, who will be celebrating her 92nd birthday tomorrow. This delightful woman has spent 47 of those years waiting tables at the Woman's Industrial Exchange at 333 N. Charles St.
Mrs. Schertle, who takes the bus to work, arrives weekdays in time for 7 a.m. breakfast. I hear she has given up gardening but not cooking goodies for her grandchildren. Why not stop by the Woman's Exchange today and wish her a happy birthday?
Several weeks ago, when Joan Rivers' producers decided to do a show on the art of lying, Hirsh Goldberg, owner of an advertising/public relations firm in Baltimore, was contacted.
Rivers had read Goldberg's book, "The Book of Lies," and invited him to share his musings along with Milli Vanilli -- who now call themselves Rob and Fab -- and several other people on Rivers' show at 9 a.m. Tuesday on WJZ-TV (Channel 13).
While the Baltimore Opera Company's general manager Michael Harrison is working on the production of "L'Elisir d'Amore," his wife, Patricia, is busy coordinating the Opera Guild's annual spring luncheon.
Patricia has combined fashion, music and gardens for what promises to be one of the guild's more spectacular shows. The date is March 29 at Martin's West. Reserve tickets by calling (410) 889-6889.
The word is Prince and his band, the New Power Generation, could do no wrong at sold-out shows at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., Monday and Tuesday nights. In heels as high as ever and flanked by male dancers and a seductive dancer named Mayte, Prince worked the crowd with a 2 1/2 hour show that went from rock opera to his latest album to a jamming party to a Soul Train line. He concluded the performance with "his baby," "Purple Rain," leaving the audience standing and shouting for more long after the house lights went off.