2001-09-15 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Dorothy Dunne

The Luce Awards Luncheon was held at the Pratt Mansion to honor the 2001-2002 Scholars. The program was created to enable young Americans to immerse themselves in Asian culture for a year.

Every year 67 colleges and universities nominate candidates who have had no formal study of Asia. Candidates are considered by their potential leadership in their profession and in society. The Foundation then chose 18 scholars through screening interviews.

I had a delightful conversation with scholars Kimberly S. Palmer and Jason E. Prince and was so impressed with their charm and intelligence. The Honorable Steven W. Bosworth, Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Turft University, former Ambassador to the Republic of Korea; Philippines and Tunisia gave an informative speech on American relations with these countries and offered some interesting ideas on how we should deal with them economically. If you would like to obtain more information on the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., by all means contact them at 111 West 50 Street, New York, New York 10020.

The 35th Giants Man of The Year Award Kick Off Luncheon to help support the needs of St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers was held at the New York Sheraton last week, and I was able to get this shot of Tikki Barber, who was one of the honorees. Let’s hope this year will be a win-win situation! Bob Pappa was the Toastmaster, and His Excellency Bishop Edward J. Egan, Archbishop of New York, gave the invocation. Giants Alumni Man of The Year was presented to Ron Johnson. Bell Harbor people were there as they were last year but cared to remain anonymous.

At a book launch for the "Cat’s Meow", I met the author Melissa de la Cruz. She has written many online and print publications; including The New York Times, Allure, National Chronicle, New and York Press. She is considered to Jackie Collins of the Moomba generation. Illustrations are by Kim DeMarco, who appears in the New Yorker and New York Times. According to The Village Voice, the book is a bagful of satire, spectacle and name-dropping. If I get a chance to read it on the plane to Costa Rica, I’ll give you my opinion.

Agents and press learned a great deal about Glasgow and Clyde Valley at the Sky Club the other night. It is now viewed as one of Europe’s most exciting cities. It’s very cosmopolitan. Think Manhattan with a Scottish accent. It has 290 museums; the Gallery of Modern Art, Opera; the biggest retail center in the UK; 800 bars/pubs; 30 nightclubs and 51 cinema screens; Harden’s Top UK restaurants and 70 environmentally friendly parks and gardens. Sure does make you want to go there.

The ABC TV Studios on Broadway Tennis Grand Slam winners Andre Agassi, Goran Ivanisevic and Gustavo Kuerten competed for the fastest serve with the new HEAD tennis racquet, which is high-tech and utilizes piezoelectric material, which has the unique ability to harness the energy created from ball contact and transforms it into useful power for the player, while at the same time eliminating vibration. Adding a computer chip to the intelligence technology further boosts the power level of the racquet and creates unmatched comfort. These are the first Titanium racquets to be used on a professional tour. The three competed, and Agassi was the fastest. So, if the tennis players at B.P.S.C. want to beat out the other players, just get one of these new HEAD high-tech tennis racquets. They sell for around $779.

I’m still getting reports from the Fancy Food Show, and I received a press release about instant cooking, solutions with spice, sauce and premixes and Asian flavors from Singapore and the world…all from a little jar that you just add to your cooked rice. You can find them on your supermarket shelf under the name of KEES, a Sin Hwa Dee product. The most popular is Hainanese Chicken Rice Mix. It is the pride of the pack and the quickest way to an Asian meal.

TRAVEL:

Hong Kong to Singapore, Dec. 22, 16 days on Seabourne Cruise-$12,990; 12 days RT Singapore-$6,999

Jan. 7, 12 days Singapore/Bali-$6,999, Jan. 19; Bali/Hong Kong-Jan. 31-$8,499

Orient Lines…Barcelona to Brazil, 32 days-$6,999 2nd person FREE, Nov. 14 2nts-Barcelona; Nov. 17…28 day luxury cruise on Orient Line Manaus/St. Lucia…Dance Classes; Duplicate Bridge; Return Dec. 15 RT Air $495

Brazil via TAM Brazilian air pass from only $530 RT. Infants 10% up to 21 days.

London from JFK $189 OW Sept. 12 to Oct. 13; Oct. 14 to Dec. 18 $139 with $100 off hotel stay. Hook by Sept. 15.

Holland America 7 day Caribbean. RT Ft. Lauderdale Sept. 23.

More travel specials on WNTX-TV Mon. to Fri. Email at dorothydunne@yahoo.com or give me a call. AND AWAY WE GO!!!


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