Oriole rhapsody in blue: Cal Ripken Jr. graces GQ


Cal Ripken Jr. is featured on the cover of May's GQ, and fans will love the photo of him in a $267 periwinkle blue Paul Stewart sweater that perfectly matches his eyes.

"Iron Cal," written by GQ correspondent Peter Richmond, is one of the best stories I've read about Cal and how he felt when the Orioles released his brother, Bill, and father, Cal Sr.

Richmond has also written a book, "Ballpark: Camden Yards and the Building of an American Dream," which will be published by Simon & Schuster this month.


There was an air of excitement at the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Center breakfast Wednesday morning in the ballroom of the Omni Hotel. Most of the 400 guests were affiliated with the tourist industry and this was their first gathering since the legislature had OK'd the funds to expand the Convention Center.

Convention and Visitors Center hierarchy -- Henry Rosenberg, Wayne Chappell and Chris Hartman -- held forth at a table with Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and breakfast speaker Seth Schofield, chairman and CEO of USAir.

Other guests included former Baltimore Colts and Cleveland Browns GM Ernie Accorsi, who's now with the Maryland Stadium Authority; Pride of Baltimore II Capt. Bob Glover; Sandy and Bob Hillman, she's with Trahan, Burden & Charles and he's an attorney; Bill Ramsey, McCormick; Edie Brown, Baltimore Arena; Bob Keller, GBC director who's leaving for his Detroit job soon; Nick Brown, Aquarium director; Willard Hackerman, Whiting Turner; DEED Secretary Mark Wasserman; Mike Chesser, BG&E; and Anthony Jones, soon-to-be-announced deputy director of the Convention Center.


Talk show host Montel Williams, whose show is televised on WMAR-TV at 3 p.m. weekdays, is coming to Baltimore to tape a "dreaded mother-in-law" show at Coppin State College auditorium May 19.

He's looking for local people who have the nerve to share their worst mother-in-law stories with the whole country. Call (212) 921-2827 or (212) 921-3812 by May 14 if you'd like to be on the show.


If you have a son who is between 9 and 11 years old, he could be star material. Tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., two of the big guns in the world of casting, Shari Rhodes and Joseph Middleton ("The Sandlot"), will be at the main elevator of the center court of the White Marsh Mall to conduct interviews with potential candidates.

This is part of a nationwide search for a role in a major film directed by Bruce ("Driving Miss Daisy") Beresford. No acting experience is necessary.


Around town:

Best wishes to Lainy LeBow, Governor Schaefer's longtime aide, and Leonard Sachs, who are getting married at the end of May.

* Rumor is that Tom Steuhler, owner of Truffles at the Belvedere and LaFontaine Bleu caterers, became a trustee of the Baltimore Opera Company just so he could fulfill a lifelong dream. Steuhler made his opera debut as a spear carrier in the company's production of the "Nabucco."

* There have been lots of "Jesus" sightings in town since French actor Jean Marie Lamoure, the star of "Jesus Was His Name," arrived. (The production runs through Sunday at the Baltimore Arena.) He was spotted buying Baltimore T-shirts at Harborplace, working out at the Downtown Athletic Club and playing tennis with Dr. Barry Blum at Woodholme Country Club.

* Abe Reybold, one of the "wranglers" in "The Will Rogers Follies," is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts. The show is running at the Lyric Opera House through May 23.

* I hear there's a Texas BBQ and mixed company baby shower tonight for opera company ticket service manager Donna Boyd and her husband, Joseph. The Boyd baby, expected at any time, is being called the first official opera baby.

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