Chuck Thompson's Cooperstown-bound


"Go to war, Miss Agnes!" Chuck Thompson's going to Cooperstown this weekend where he will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame as the 1993 recipient of the Ford C. Frick award.

Many of his friends gathered at the Babe Ruth Museum yesterday morning for a special salute to Baltimore's all-time favorite broadcaster.

Some who popped in to say nice things about Chuck were Orioles President Larry Lucchino, Babe Ruth Museum Board members Rowland King and Dan Lipstein, WBAL-radio's Jim West and Doug Roberts, and a tearful Rex Barney, who shared several stories about what it was like to travel with Chuck for more than 40 years.

And although the governor made it official and proclaimed July 29 as Chuck Thompson Day, everyone knows that every day is Chuck Thompson Day in Baltimore.


As reported in The Sun Tuesday, the Walters Art Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art and Center Stage have become Maryland's newest million-dollar babies.

Thanks to the National Arts Stabilization Fund and the Baltimore Arts Stabilization Project, each will receive a million-dollar grant over the next five years.

Members of Baltimore's arts community gathered at the World Trade Center to hear all the details from Joe Langmead, chairman of the Baltimore Arts Project; Walter Sondheim and Sita Culman, the Abell Foundation; Connie Caplan, Baltimore Museum of Art; Jay Wilson, Walters Art Gallery; Peter Culman, managing director Center Stage; and Leonard Vignola, president and CEO of the National Arts Fund. Others who stopped by to celebrate included Tim Armbruster, Buddy Zamoiski, Doug Frost, Donald Rothman, Adina Testa, Jim Backus, Steve Seymour, John Gidwitz and Fredye Gross.


Steve Aronson, government-attorney-turned-actor, is having a ball pursuing his career. He called to say he'll be in one segment of "America's Most Wanted" show on Fox 45 Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Aronson plays a charming exterminator who swindles little old ladies out of big bucks. And one of those little old ladies is Baltimore actress Vivienne Shub.

If that show sounds a little tame for you, perhaps you can catch his new video, which is being shown on cable stations MTV, WBET and Juke Box. Aronson plays the conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh in a rock music video entitled, "Boom Wa Dis," which stars reggae singer Burro Bon Ton and his band.


The Republican rumor mill continues to turn out some good conservative items. This week it's Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley running for governor with Anne Arundel County Executive Bob Neall as lieutenant guv, and former U.S. Attorney Dick Bennett as attorney general. Another interesting tidbit is that Ms. Bentley is trying to entice retired BG&E; CEO George McGowan to manage her campaign . . . WJHU-radio's director of business development, Lesley Gillman, has been selected as the director of the Baltimore Networking Group, a local business association . . .

The Center Club's assistant general manager, David Lynch, has been a happy camper ever since he saw the July issue of Special Events, a party planners trade mag. Featured were photos, submitted by Lynch, of the club's Presidents Dinner, which had a Mardi Gras theme, and was chosen as the winner of a national competition to determine the best theme party . . .

Smile if you see a camera crew walking around next week. They might be members of Spa Fax Airline Network Ltd., who will be in our state for a week shooting Maryland as a destination piece for British Airways. The film will be shown on all British airways flights during September to hype their new association with USAir at BWI . . . British singer/songwriter Lauren Christy had Bay Cafe patrons eating out of her hand last Tuesday after singing her hit single, "You Read Me Wrong." . . .

Four politicos who hung tough on a tax reduction for city homeowners received Profiles in Courage Awards from Dan Loden, the head of the Baltimore City Homeowners Coalition for Fair Property Taxes. City Council President Mary Pat Clarke and Councilmen Tony Ambridge, Perry Sfikas and Martin O'Malley were lauded by Loden's group . . .


On Labor Day Sunday, I am planning to run a calendar of social events that take place between September and December and will be open to the public. If your organization is planning a large fund-raiser (can't promise to get in all the events), please send me the who, what, when, why, where, cost, address and a telephone number. Our mailing address is 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278; or fax the info to (410) 783-2519.

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