A different kind of all-stars to fill stadium sky boxes


All the stars will not be on the field Tuesday night. Nope, stars of film, sports and business will be enjoying themselves in the luxurious sky boxes at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Dottie and Henry Rosenberg will be joined in Crown Central Petroleum's sky box by the Drayton McLaine family, he's the owner of the Houston Astros; and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Africk, he's the retired chairman of U. S. Tobacco, who sits on Crown Central's board of directors.

Nearby, BG&E; executives Chris Poindexter, George McGowan and his wife, Carol, and Mike Chesser and his wife, Susan, will entertain CEOs Roger Penny, Bethlehem Steel; J. P. Bolduc, WR Grace; and Dick Lindner, Westinghouse.

And then, some of the best-known faces in athletics and entertainment will be in town to participate in the Celebrity Home Run Challenge sponsored by Upper Deck, a sports card company. At this writing, Charles Barkley, Halle Berry, Huey Lewis, Jim Belushi, Michael Jordan, Tom Selleck, Patrick Ewing, Ahmad Rashad, Dan Marino and Florence Griffith-Joyner, have confirmed they'll compete in this Monday event.


Willard Scott, Charles Gibson and Harry Smith are but a few of the television stars scheduled to be in town Tuesday, because all the major networks will broadcast from Baltimore at some time on Tuesday. CBS even sent a crew to town last week to get material ready for their Tuesday morning All-Star show from Oriole Park.

Starring in the segment about downtown Baltimore's "Clean and Safe" team will be Public Safety Guide Steven Turner and Clean Sweep Ambassador Paul Taylor, who will sing "Discover the Difference," a jingle written for the Clean and Safe program. You can see the show locally on WBAL-TV.


Believe it or not, there are other things going on around town this weekend. "Jazz and Juleps" will be served tonight in the beautiful sculpture gardens of world-renowned collectors Ryda and Robert Levi. The Levis lent their lovely garden to the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation of Maryland to help raise funds for the Ailey Camp for "at-risk" middle-school children.

Hot smoky jazz, compliments of the Dennis Hisher Trio, (Hisher is the father of Ailey dancer Linda Denise-Evans) and tall, icy mint juleps will be served poolside and amongst the Henry Moore and Alexander Calder sculptures in the garden. Cost of the 5:30-to-7:30 p.m. party is $25 a person. Call (410) 962-5340 for reservations.


Good news:

A private party at the Center Club this evening will send WMAR-TV's Arnold Kleiner and his wife, Carol, on their way to San Diego. Two of Baltimore's biggies in the world of advertising/public relations, Hal Donofrio, Richardson Myers & Donofrio, and Herb Fried, W B Doner, are giving the party . . .

It has just occurred to me that the private party, given by the Orioles' bankrupt owner Eli Jacobs, prior to the All-Star game, is his swan song. No tears will be shed here. All I can say is that I look forward to covering the Opening Day party given by the new owners . . .

Sondra and Dick McGee, owners of Harrison's Pier 500 restaurant, invited friends to their home last night to celebrate Belt's Wharf owner Skip Brown's 50th birthday. Brown's friends are so happy that he's finally catching up with them . . .

Robert Townsend, writer, director and star of "The Meteor Man," the MGM film that was shot in Reservoir Hill last summer, will be in town the day after the All-Star game. He's coming to preview his film, which opens to the public Aug. 6, with 200 inner-city children at the UA Harbor Park. He'll attend a VIP party at Ruth's Chris Steak House before being escorted to the theater by the Westsiders Marching Band.

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