The Advertising & Professional Club of Baltimore presented its Distinguished Marylander award to Gov. William Donald Schaefer. The Omni Hotel ball room was packed with Schaefer's friends and employees and Ad Club old-timers like Jake Embry, Dave Millard, Ron Mullins, Warren Blumberg and Jack Nethen.
On the dais with the governor were program chair Clarisse Mechanic, Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene Nelson Sabatini, State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick, Walter Sondheim, State Comptroller Louis Goldstein, Sister Rosemarie Nasaff, Stuart Simms, Herb Belgrad, and the club's husband-wife team, who are serving as president and vice president respectively, Michael and Lois Hodes.
Others at the luncheon included Kathleen Flynn Russell and her husband, Judge Daryl Russell, and his adoring aunt Mildred O'Tenasak; Jack and Rosemary Eck; Marty Resnick; Ed Hale; Harry Shriver; Martin Walsh; Mary Ann Saar; Judge Mary Arabian; Brent Gunts; Sister Marie Cecelia Irwin; Bill Fogle; Hilda Ford; Mary Jo Pons; Larry Hammerman; Jim and Jennifer Vitale; Frank Battaglia; Jody Albright and her daughter Ruthie; Charles Chiapparelli; Dale Hess, Lt. Col. Bruce Hirshauer; Maj. Sidney Hyatt; Allen Quille; Col. Joseph Nattans; Gen. Philip Sherman; Herbert Rosenberger; Harry Wolf; Sam Winik; Bruce Hoffman; Kip Mandris; Pat Fleming; Vic Brocclino; Tucky Ramsey and Carolyn Burridge.
The next Ad Club luncheon will star Maryland's best known author, Tom Clancy, who will receive the club's Author's Award.
I don't know who selected the Dec. 7 date for Clancy's salute, but I'm sure this military strategist loves being honored on Pearl Harbor Day. Call (410) 837-3959 for ticket information.
Boots for Baltimore was brought to life seven years ago by members of the Church of the Redeemer who wanted to help the homeless.
Suzanne Wills, Sherrill Nash, Mary Bready, Lucy Meyer, Caroline Coleman, Brandon Berkeley, Jeff Ayres, Susie Conkling, Mary Carpenter and Nancy Spiva are busy working on this year's boots campaign. They want you to know that every (tax deductible) $25 contribution buys a pair of sturdy boots and warm socks, which will be distributed to those in need at shelters, jobs programs and soup kitchens.
If you'd like to help, send your contributions to 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.
So you wannabe in movies -- if so, extras are needed for "Major League II," now being filmed here. Just show up at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, wearing blues and reds, by 8 a.m. Oct. 30 and by 11 a.m.
After the Saturday filming, there will be a drawing and someone will win Charlie Sheen's Harley, which he rides in the film. One of Sunday's extras will win a new Ford escort . . .
Happy Birthday to one of my favorite media people, Sam Lacy. Sam, who turns 90 tomorrow, has written a sports column for the Afro-American for more than a half a century. I've never forgotten how Sam used to help me identify the sports types at some of the parties I had to cover. He's a jewel! . . .
Boccaccio's on Eastern Avenue gets its fair share of celebrity diners. Some pretty well-known people like movie stars Tom Berenger and John Lithgow have been there. But the twosome that had everyone buzzing was Peter Angelos, the new Baltimore Orioles owner, who had a nice casual dinner with his Orioles manager Johnny Oates.
Boccaccio's is owned by Chef Giovanni Rigato, whom old-timers will remember as the former owner of another good Italian restaurant, Capriccio . . .
Don't forget the GBMC Nearly New Sale tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the farmhouse at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The selection is great and runs from vintage clothing to furs, washtubs, TVs and plenty of secondhand clothes for everyone.
They're closed Sunday, but open again Monday through Oct. 30. Call (410) 828-2133 for hours . . .
Beth Nielsen Chapman will perform her recent single, "The Moment you were Mine," and other songs from her latest album, "You Hold the Key," at Michael's Pub in Columbia at 6 p.m. Monday. Chapman is in town as part of a WLIF-Lite 102 promotion . . .
Next Thursday, 42 area restaurants in the Baltimore Metropolitan area will participate in Dining Out for Life, an annual benefit for Moveable Feast's meal delivery program for homebound people with AIDS.
So if you're planning to have dinner out next week, do so on Thursday and make sure you dine at one of the eateries that will be donating 20 percent of your bill for such a good cause.
Call Moveable Feast at (410) 243-4604 to find out if your favorite food spot is participating in Dining Out for Life.