It was appropriate that the outgoing chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, Herb Belgrad, and his wife, Joanne, gave his DTC farewell party at the Camden Club. After all, he had been the authority's chairman since it was created in 1986 and had been there when the Camden Club opened. Also, their two daughters were married there and a son became engaged there.
Herb's replacement John Moag, managing partner of Patton, Boggs and Blow law firm in Baltimore, Mayor Kurt Schmoke and former Gov. William Donald Schaefer were among the 150 people who stopped by. Moag was overheard to say "he felt somewhat like a replacement player."
There were more than 7,000 fans at the Baltimore Arena for the season finale of the indoor soccer team, the Baltimore Spirit. Faces in the crowd included Baltimore County Exec Dutch Ruppersberger, WQSR radio's morning jock Steve Rouse, Baltimore Canadian Football League team owner Jim Speros, who was with his star linebacker O. J. Brigance, 1994 Grey Cup MVP Karl Anthony and wide receiver Reggie Perry, all of whom were introduced and participated in a third-quarter shootout.
Special congratulations to Betsey Morrison, who is the 1995 recipient of the George S. Robertson Award, the highest honor the membership of the Baltimore Life Underwriters Association can bestow. Betsey is the first woman insurance professional to receive this award in its 39-year history. She also has another first under her cap since she came to W F Corroon-East, formerly Herget and Co., 15 years ago. In 1988, she became the first woman president of the Baltimore Life Underwriters Association in its 100-year history. She'll receive her award at a dinner at the Omni Hotel April 4.
On the grapevine:
* It will be nice to see Channel 13's Denise Koch back in her news anchor seat on Monday after an extended maternity leave. Unfortunately, her co-anchor, Al Sanders, is not expected to be there to greet her, because he's been in the hospital trying to recover from a tough battle with the flu and pneumonia. We certainly wish him a speedy recovery . . .
* 1960's songbird Petula Clark will be at the Harborplace Amphitheater at noon April 4 to lead people in the singing of "Downtown," a song for which she won a Grammy. The Downtown Partnership, which wants everyone to take another look at Downtown Baltimore, invited her to help increase awareness of the more than 100 free and special events on tap between April 6 and 9. Ms. Clark will be in town, April 4-9, to star in "Blood Brothers" at the Lyric Opera House . . .
* I hear Evangeline Bruce, author of the newly released book "Napoleon & Josephine: An Improbable Marriage" had to spend a little time at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Sources say she was admitted for treatment of an inflammation of blood vessels in the eye and was to have been released this past week . . .
* Former Virginia coach Terry Holland, who was the NCAA rep in Baltimore for playoff games, says he thinks Baltimore did such a great job with the playoff games, that we should apply again, and if we do, we'd get his vote . . .
* I hear members of the Wake Forest team enjoyed the tasty steaks at Ruth's Chris Steak House while they were here. They also liked the way everyone in Baltimore made them feel at home, especially Mayor Schmoke, who jumped on board their bus in front of the steak house, to wish them well . . .
* Mount Washington Tavern's roof was the scene of WJZ-TV's March Madness party for clients, which starred CBS sports personalities Billy Packer and Dick Stockton. Gina Rohleder, Mercury Media, won a walk-on in a CBS soap, and Laura LoScalzo, Western International, won a visit to the David Letterman show . . .
* Martin's West played host to more than 350 people at a recent party for winners of the Bride of the Year Contest. There were hundreds of entries and the brides were judged according to their answers on a questionnaire. Believe me, as one of the judges, it was tough to pick a winner, but we managed and congratulations to Michelle Quille, grand prize winner; Laura Steele, first runner-up; and Angela Oliver, second runner-up. These brides won wonderful prizes that totaled more than $31,000.