I TAKE BACK all the ignorant, uninformed, inexperienced, negative things I have ever said about electronic communications. Despite my best efforts to ignore the beast, it has finally truly touched my life.
From a source on the other side of the country came news over the Internet that I will share verbatim, for it is just as apt here as in Washington state: Did you know that you can request not to be telemarketed? The Direct Marketing Association maintains a national listing of people who do not wish to receive sales calls.
Many companies respect this request and will not call folks who have put their names on the list. To register with the Phone Preference Service, send a postcard or letter with your name, address and phone number to: Direct Marketing Association, Home Preference Service, P.O. Box 9014, Farmington, N.Y. 11735-9014.
Comparing the time it takes to put the information on a postcard and send it with the time taken to respond to a ringing phone time after time after inconvenient time, this looks like a good deal.
But it raises another question: Will we notice when the phone isn't ringing and appreciate it? And do we get on yet another mailing list?
Photos celebrate college
St. John's College continues its 300th anniversary celebration this fall with an exhibition of archival photographs by Alfred Eisenstaedt and Marion Warren.
The show opens Wednesday and runs through Nov. 3 at the Mitchell Gallery.
Eisenstaedt came to the United States from Germany in 1935 and to St. John's on assignment for Life magazine in 1940.
His photographs helped bring national attention to the students' seriousness of purpose in that era.
Warren came to Annapolis after World War II, during which he was a Navy photographer.
His photographs of St. John's were taken with the college as his commercial client. He recorded classroom scenes, tutors and students, graduations and parties.
His eye for composition and detail was as precise at the college as it was for his photographs of life around the Chesapeake Bay.
Together, the two photographers offer a fascinating portrait of St. John's during and after the war. An opening reception for the exhibition will be from 3: 30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Mitchell Gallery lobby.
Gallery talks relating to the show will be offered, including one by Marion Warren at 4 p.m. Oct. 9. Gallery talks are free, but registration is necessary. Call 626-2556.
Fall brings jazz fest
I've pulled up the spent wildflowers in my cutting garden, recognized a tinge of bronze in the dogwoods and admitted reluctantly that those are indeed brown leaves floating nonchalantly onto the deck with increasing frequency.
School is back in session, and I just bought a wool suit, so it can't be too soon to talk about the Fifth annual West River Jazz Fest and Big Band Dance, Nov. 2 in Edgewater.
The West River Jazz Fest regulars will be back: pianist Dick Morgan and Friends, the Buck Creek Jazz Band, the West River Jazz All Starts, New Orleans pianist Tom Roberts, the U.S. Navy Commodores, singer Lynn Roberts; and the big band Reunion.
A highlight of the day is the annual Jazz Fest Honors, recognizing people whose talents, enthusiasm and dedication have kept jazz alive and well in the area.
Honorees since 1992 have included Felix Grant and Bill Mayhugh, broadcaster Ed Walker and guitarist Charlie Byrd, broadcasters Harden and Weaver, pianist Dick Morgan and Eddie Galliher, Capt. William Phillips and Lynn Roberts.
This year's honors will go to Maggie Smith for her ambassadorial devotion to jazz in the Washington-Virginia-
Maryland area; posthumously to D.C. and Voice of America radio personality Willis Conover; and to a chosen but as yet unidentified musician who will be as surprised as Roberts was last year.
Performances begin at 10 a.m.; the last one begins at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate.
Tickets for the 7: 30 p.m. to 11: 30 p.m. Big Band Dance are $20, including parking, setups and snacks.
There will be special accommodations for singles who don't want to miss the fun just because they don't have partners.
For more information on schedule and tickets, call Tom Coleman at 867-0888 or Tom Hurney at 224-8825.
Call on me
Remember, as life slips back into the fall routine after a languid summer (I heard rumors, but I never saw it), that I'm here to help promote your school or organization's projects, fund-raisers and celebrations.
Call me with a couple of weeks' notice at 626-0273.
Pub Date: 8/26/96