Diner guys, made famous in Barry Levinson's "Diner," came from all over the country to attend summer camp last weekend at the Woods resort in Hedgesville, W. Va. The annual sports-camp idea was the brainchild of diner guy Danny Snyder, president of Corporate Sports Battle, which airs on ESPN. The first event was held five years ago in Oxford, Pa. It moved to Western Maryland College for a few years. Then the 50-something campers got smart and decided that comfort was becoming more of a necessity after strenuous physical activity, so the location was upgraded.
It was a competitive few days that began with full-court basketball starring team members from Forest Park, including Dr. Larry Becker; Gary Huddles, attorney; Jack Weinglass, clothing sales rep; Stan Carlin, attorney; and Chip Silverman, director of the chemical dependency program for Greenspring Health Center and author of "Diner Guys" and "The Block." The Forest Park team wore green and gray and played against Ray Altman, attorney; Danny Barry Stern, attorney and commercial Realtor; Boogie Weinglass, Merry-Go-Round owner; Stewart Reichlyn, a maitre d' in San Francisco, and Snyder, all of whom wore the orange and black of City.
Early the next morning Alan Mason, a music supervisor in Los Angeles, won the 5K race by 30 lengths, followed by Eddie Jacobson, producer of the "Maury Povich Show," who just beat Dr. Dickie Layton at the wire for second place.
Other winners were movie producer-director Barry Levinson, who was captain and winning pitcher of his softball team, which played against Chip Silverman, who not only pitched for his team but also hit two home runs -- which Boogie Weinglass swore were foul after the game. However, it was Levinson's team that won 7-6, with Snyder and Huddles starring in the field. Top golfers were Dr. Van Feldman, who was recently named best dentist by Baltimore magazine; Donald Saiontz, attorney; and Dr. Becker.
Dinner was followed by a surprise roast of Boogie, emceed by lawyer Howard Meyers. The evening ended with a heated battle of the card game Pitch between Boogie and Saiontz, with accountant Alan Berkowitz and salesmen Ken Rosenthal and Ed Childress watching the action.
The weekend activities added more fodder to Levinson's diner guys documentary. He has filmed all their get-togethers, including last week's camping adventure.
Speaking of films, Levinson begins shooting "Sleepers" in New York in the fall of the year.
Action film actor Jeff Speakman put on quite a show last week for about 100 people at Brian Heins' American Kenpo Karate School on Merritt Boulevard in Dundalk. Speakman, who has made many action films, starred in "The Expert," an action thriller seen recently on HBO. Heins invited Speakman to give a karate demonstration for his customers.
"The Expert" will be released by Orion Home Videos in August and features a supporting cast of James Brolin, Michael Shaner, Alex Datcher, Wolfgang Bodison and Elizabeth Gracen. And if you look closely, you'll see Heins as one of the stuntmen in the opening sequence.
Congratulations in order
Congratulations to Jonathan Witty, who has combined 15 years of experience as an editor, publisher and partner in newspapers and magazines to launch Media Two Inc., a contract and custom publishing firm, of which he is president.
And it doesn't hurt to begin a new biz managing the production and selling advertising for Center Stage's six programs and handling advertising sales for Overture, the BSO magazine.