2000-09-16 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Dorothy Dunne

"Dorothy Dunne travels in style to San Diego" to be aired this Saturday, September 16 on UHF channel 39 at 10:30 a.m. Please tune in.

Members of the B.P.S.C. bid their friends and cabana-mates and neighbors a fond adieu until next summer at the club’s closing dinner/reception this past Saturday night. I hadn’t seen many of the members most of the season so it was a real treat for me to embrace those familiar faces. Tom Connors and I and our guests Helene and Peter Danzilo sat at Claire and John Hughes’ table with Shirley Hanrahan. Bob O’Connell and the Roush Guitar Duet DJ accompanied by electronic sounds produced such danceable music few remained seated. It was a fun and crowded dance floor. I spotted Jean and Jim Brady, Joe and Marge Moran, Mary and Rod Hunt, the Al Donohues', Annie and Ginger from "D" court, Mary Harley and Lou Arneo and far too many more to mention. A lovely affair and most certainly enjoyed by all.

Mr. Thomas Mulligan, manager of the B.P.S.C. welcomed everyone there and wished them a healthy and happy winter season with hopes they will all return next year. Nancy and Tom Mulligan’s son Peter was there and I met his beautiful fiancée Sara Kavanagh originally from Rochester, New York. They plan a May 5 wedding at St. Thomas More church with a reception at the Silver Gull. Congratulations to Peter and best wishes to Sara for a happy, loving life.

You Jazz lovers missed a great a great jazz luncheon at Birdland the other day when the award winning team responsible for the Civil War and baseball celebrated the launch of Geofrey C. Ward and Ken Burns’ book with more than 500 illustrations on the history of the first American music with the men and women who have made their mark on music and our culture. They also showed preview clips of the ten part documentary "Jazz," the 20-hour TV series to be aired on public television. Pictured here is one of the famous saxophone players Winton Marsales, one of the famous musicians who helped put the evolution of Jazz in cultural context. It is a journey across American landscape divided by war, segregated by race, united through swing and dance and ultimately redeemed through the most American of art forms. "Jazz," according to drummer Art Blakely said, "washes away the dust of everyday life." The book is on the stands. The TV documentary will be shown in January 2001. Look for it.

At the Twenty-One Club the Rolex Intercollegiate Tennis Achievement Award was presented to Ruth M. Haude, PHD. She was a trailblazing member of the men’s tennis team as no women’s tennis program existed. The other award winner was Michael Johnson a graduate of Clark’s University with an AB in Biology where he played #1 singles on the varsity team and earned both the coach’s sportsman award and the Herbert award for best outstanding senior athlete. Among the many guests was George Plimpton as pictured.

At a breakfast with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus he revealed the necessity to retain the common consensus on strategic guidelines on the country’s foreign policy to integrate with the European Union and NATO. This tiny nation is struggling to overcome unbelievable obstacles: mainly the guilt of the persecution of the Jews during the Nazi legime. They do have lists of Jewish assets and are trying to set the record straight and return them to their rightful owners. The Catholic Church in Lithuania apologized before God for its mistakes including Lithuanian indifference to the Holocaust. Some people lacking Christian love and compassion are trying to incite once again all past anti-Semitic manifestations still painfully haunting the church's memory today. It was a very moving press conference with a press member recalling the agony of the loss of some of his family members in the graves over there.

I wish this tiny country the best in overcoming great odds. They are sincere, repentant and deserve recognition for fruitful efforts to compensate for their past mistakes.

The Friar’s Club helped Barry Dougherty launch his new book, "New York’s Friar’s Club book of Roasts." The wittiest, most hilarious and most unprintable moments from the Friar’s Club. The foreword is by Alan King. It is in the bookstores today. Pick it up. Fun, fun reading.

How our history is changing… At the appeal of conscience Foundation Annual Awards Dinner at the Pierre Hotel honoring H.E. Chancellor Gerbard Schroder and Daniel M. Vasella, MD., Rabbi Arthur Schneider stated, "As a Holocaust survivor I could not have imagined 60 years ago in the abyss of darkness that I would present the World Statesman Award to the Chancellor of Germany. He not only represents the changes that have taken place but it is a political leader and consensus builder of the economic and political foundations that will strengthen democracy, tolerance and equal opportunity for all the people in Germany and in integrated Europe. Dr. Vasella is renown for his concern for public health and his worldwide initiatives to eliminate leprosy as well as his accomplishments in the field of medical research. His efforts to promote tolerance and bring aid and much needed medicine to conflict zones of the world are testimonies to his great humanitarian. Both are leaders of change… change for a better world.

Travel: Unbelievable cruise discounts.

October 28, Big Band cruise on Holland America, seven day eastern Caribbean from $639; November 25 Country Music from $659. Both on the ms Westerdam.

Ms Voendam, seven day So. Caribbean San Juan, Puerto Rico from $599 ins; $749 OV October 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, and 24; December 1, 8, 15. Holiday sailings December 22, 29 from $999 ins. OV $1,199. January/February/March from $689 ins. OV $869.

Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas… special nt. Eastern Caribbean from Miami only $599 p. double outside cabin September 23 and 30.

Celebrity Cruises out of Fort Lauderdale on the Century seven nights, September 23 and 30 from $599 Cat. 8.

Norwegian Cruise Line ms. Majesty OV $549: ins. $529

Norwegian Sky $629 OV asand $499 ins. October 15.

Italy… five nights air/land from $599 November 16 to December 14.

Check UHF channels 27 and 35 at 12 p.m. for more travel specials. E-mail dorothydunne@Yahoo.com.

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