2001-02-24 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne...

Dorothy Dunne...

As promised I am continuing to report on the latest toys for 2001. Top of the list is Intel’s Movie Maker, whereby every child can be a future Steven Speilberg by making his own movies. All the proper equipment and know how is packaged there for him. It may cost several hundred dollars but may be well worth it if you have a genius.

If that doesn’t satisfy you, how about an Aeromax Jr. Space Explorer for your preschooler through age seven? This is a life-like model of the space shuttle with blast off sounds, communication to the control tower, and jet propelled "Power Thrusters". The heavy-duty colorful cardboard is completely decked out with graphics to keep children interested and occupied for hours. The dashboard has a mock instrument panel including a compass. It has a detachable plastic steering wheel with built in buttons for sound and a headphone and headset to allow the child to blast off without disturbing the adults around. A neat, very affordable item.

We are all trying to instill in our children a good self-image. Go Goddess has come up with a game called Teen Talk and a Go Goddess game for girls ages eight and up that has become the hottest gal bonding game from coast to coast. Both games are about friendship and TALK and being the best you can be. It empowers girls to share their feelings, say what is on their minds and in their hearts because there is a goddess in every girl. Each player lights a candle and pulls a card that asks questions from light and fun to deep and insightful. When all seven candles have a flame the game is concluded.

Speaking of girl talk, the creators of the GENE doll opened a new boutique at FAO Schwartz the other night for their beautifully dressed limited edition dolls. At the Rock Center Café’ the cute, tiny dolls, Little Souls, were on display to celebrate the company’s 15th anniversary. These little dolls touch the heart and soul of your child and foster their creative yearnings.

Over at Manhattan Center Nickelodeon had a blast of a party! Guests were rock climbing, sliding down huge slides and playing at the many exhibits. I stopped and greeted Sponge Bob from the TV show.

At the Hard Rock Café, amateur World Olympic wrestling champion Roland Gardner met the press. He is one of the nicest guys you would want to meet. Bill Baldwin, well-known actor, was on hand as a great fan of wrestling. He claims this sport is woven into his soul. The next big event is at Madison Square Garden.

Some of you old timers may remember Art Ford on radio (from midnight to five in the morning). He is still around and I had the pleasure of being his guest with wife, Renee, and movie producer, Don Avanon, at the Irrdiam Café in the Empress Hotel across from Lincoln Center the other night. This is a must spot for you to go if you are looking for an entertaining evening. Though Les Paul was no where to be found (he was receiving his Grammy Award out in California) his trio was there and performed beautifully those great wonderful numbers of the past when Les Paul and Mary Ford were so popular. Les Paul appears every Monday night at the Irridiam and is there for your pleasure and a pleasurable evening you most certainly will have. Surprise guest musicians, who stop in quite frequently were Jon Paris, who did wonders with the harmonica and who played the electric violin magnificently. A great evening! This is definitely a fun evening for you when you are in the city.

Tito Ortiz and Evan Tanner will be competing in a martial arts contest to be fought at Trump’s Taj Mahal in Atlantic City this Friday, February 23. It will be broadcast on Cox cable and satellite. This is a new sport that is taking over.

New inventions in the medical field are making big changes in our lives. Lifepoint, Inc. has come up with an unbelievable diagnostic system that can test substances in the blood without a urine or blood test. The instrument is no larger than a Palm Pilot and it tests your saliva instantly for alcohol or drugs as well as many other symptoms. It is not only great for doctors and hospitals but for law enforcement as well. Police can now stop a suspicious car and test the driver for alcohol and drugs within minutes.

There is also a new procedure to avoid hysterectomies. Too many are performed as it is. Now their is a new less invasive method that eliminates surgical cutting of the abdominal wall. The recovery time is only two days compared to two to five weeks for a hysterectomy. Progress is constantly going on in the medical field. And, we are always looking for more.

The New York Historical Society is exhibiting nocturnal photographs of New York City by Irwin Silver called Nightwalks. $5 adults and $3 for children.

TRAVEL...

London only $379 on British Air RT, 3 nights. Hotel and contintental breakfast daily. Book by March for travel from March 1.

Feb. 25...7 day Southern Caribbean $599.

Three day Bahamas...$729 on the Norway; Suites $949.

March 3 Eastern Caribbean 7 days on the Norway.

Norwegian Sea 4 day Bahamas through April 23 $449 for SENIORS.

Take the Kids for Less on Norwegian Sea 7 day New England RT New York June 24 and July 1, $199.

Check for more travel specials on WNYX-TV at UHF channels 35 and 26.

Give me a call or e-mail me on the web at dorothydunne@yahoo.com and away we go!


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