"Nothing but good things can come of an effort like this," Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula remarked, as he gave WBAL-TV sports anchor Gerry Sandusky a big hug. Shula was the honoree at the Joe Sandusky Foundation's recent first fund-raiser, held at the Marine Mammal Pavilion of the National Aquarium. The foundation was Gerry's creation, named in memory of his brother, Joe, a football player for the University of Tulsa who died at the age of 19. The foundation was established to raise money for Baltimore students to attend trade school or college.
Shula's salute brought back memories of the good old days, when he coached the Baltimore Colts. Many former Colts players and coaches have stayed in and around Maryland and were at the party: Don McCafferty, Joe Ehrmann, Ordell Braase, John Unitas, Tom Matte, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker, Rick Volk, Sam Havrilak, Jim Mutscheller, Mike Curtis, Fred Miller, Dick Bielski and of course, John Sandusky, the father of Joe and Gerry, who recently retired after 23 years of working with the Dolphins. There was not a dry eye in the place when Gerry, with his wife Lee Ann by his side, made the presentation installing his dad as the foundation's chairman emeritus.
Others who stopped by were Alan Ameche's widow, Yvonne Ameche; Bill Pellington's widow, Micki Pellington; State Sen. John Pica represented honorary chair Peter Angelos; Ed Hale, CEO of Intermodal; Vince Bagli, longtime WBAL-TV sportscaster; and James Flick, Aquarium board chairman as well as president and CEO of Dome Corp.
I am told that the aquarium's team of dolphins put on quite a show for the leader of Miami's Dolphins.
The stars come out
During the next five weeks, you might bump into movie stars Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer or Madeleine Stowe, who are here shooting the film "Twelve Monkeys." A few weeks ago, they shot scenes in a converted warehouse in Anne Arundel County, and last week they were shooting in and around the Engineer's Club at Mount Vernon.
Oh, yes, Brad Pitt is in the movie, too, but I didn't mention his name earlier because he left town last week. Seems most of his scenes were shot in Philadelphia.
The film takes place in the the 21st century, where humankind's destiny hangs in the balance. Willis' character goes back to 1996 to prepare people for the future.
Two of the best-known names on the TV newsmagazine circuit, Deborah Norville and Nancy Glass, hosts of "Inside Edition" and "American Journal," respectively, will be in town April 19. They will be the star attractions at an Advertising Association of Baltimore dinner meeting, where they will answer questions about the future of TV news mags. Call the AAB -- (410) 727-1578 -- for more information.
WJHU-88.1 FM is in the midst of its annual spring membership drive.
Most folks know that federal funding for public radio stations may soon dry up. Those of us who enjoy public stations should support them. So call (800) 882-9548 with your pledge.
There she is . . .
Congratulations to the newly selected Miss Baltimore 1995, Kwanza Jones, a 23-year-old graduate of Princeton University who resides in Washington. (Seems Washington's status is in dispute with Miss America hierarchy, and until that is settled, Washingtonians may compete in both Virginia and Maryland.) Her next stop is Hagerstown in June, to compete for the Miss Maryland title.