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Business people meet for breakfast and a speech


Maryland's freshman congressman Bob Ehrlich received high ratings from a group well-known for rating Maryland's legislators and business climate. Maryland Business for Responsive Government held a breakfast that attracted hundreds of business people to the Center Club Tuesday morning. I am told (( that this is one of a series of breakfast meetings the group has scheduled with politicians.

While most of us were still enjoying a not-so-PC breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and grits, USF&G; attorney John Andryszak introduced Carl Wright, owner of Don Richards Associates and the host of the breakfast. Before introducing Ehrlich, Wright told the gathering to pick up a copy of the Concord Courier, the newsletter of the Concord Coalition, a non-partisan, grass-roots educational movement dedicated to reducing the budget. In the spring issue is the 1994 Concord Coalition Deficit Reduction Scorecard, which grades legislators on how they voted on issues to help lower the deficit.

Soon it was Ehrlich's turn to speak, and he welcomed fellow jTC Republicans Ellen Sauerbrey, former Eastern Shore delegate Dr. Ron Franks and Howard County Executive Chuck Ecker.

Among the execs interested in the words and works of Mr. Ehrlich were Dick Hug, Environmental Elements Corp.; Larry Jenkins, Monumental Life Insurance Co.; Michael Gill, American Cellular Communication; Blase Cooke, Harkins Builders; Ed Dunn, Mercantile Bankshares; lobbyist John Dillon with his new boss, Dan Whelan, Bell Atlantic's new president; Mac Passano, Waverly Inc.; George Cormeny, First National Bank; Elaine Hettleman, Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce; Rod Gordon, Pepsi Cola Co.; Carroll Nordhoff and Mac Barrett, McCormick & Co.; Robert Worcester and Laura Green, who work for Maryland Business for Responsive Government; and Melanie Panos Ortel, Panos-Ortel Associates, who handled the PR for Ehrlich's campaign.

Prize giveaway

Did you hear that Clarisse Mechanic, owner of the Morris Mechanic Theatre, held the winning ticket for the grand prize -- a trip for two to Paris -- at the recent St. Joseph Medical Center's gala fund-raiser? She immediately gave the trip to Ronnie Green, who works for the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation, and who, according to Mrs. Mechanic, works so hard that she deserved a trip to Paris.

Theater owner's role

Tom Kiefaber, owner of the Senator Theatre, landed a small but familiar part in the Terry Gilliam film "Twelve Monkeys," being shot in Baltimore. When you see the film, look for him in the scene where stars Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe are on the run from the police and take refuge in the Senator, where Hitchcock's "Vertigo" is on the screen. Kiefaber is the moviegoer who hushes the pair who are talking through the film. What's so funny is that Tom is famous at the Senator for addressing his audience members before the lights go down, and asking them not to talk during the film.

Filling bowls

This year's major fund-raiser for the Maryland Food Committee, Empty Bowls, will take guests back to 1969, the year of its birth. It was also a year filled with everything from "Laugh-In" to bell-bottoms, which I hear Dee and Joe Lewin, who are chairing the event, might wear. And if the '60s clothing isn't enough to attract you, perhaps tasting yummy food from more than 30 caterers while listening to Arlo Guthrie might work. The party's at Boumi Temple May 13, and if you would like $100 tickets, call (410) 366-0600.

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