Former Dallas Symphony Orchestra President Doug Adams Named Exec Director Of National Repertory Orchestra

Doug Adams

Dallasites have a new bud to look up in Breckenridge, Colorado — Doug Adams. The former president of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has been named Executive Director of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge.

But don’t think Doug won’t pop into Dallas every now and then. He still has ties to Big D thanks to his kiddos, Tyler and Taylor.

Super Bowl XLV Wrap Up: LOOK With Richie Sambora, Giving Fund With Jocks And Audi Forum Part(y) II With Demi, Ashton, Justin and Jackman


With private jets parading overhead into Dallas like homing pigeons, Friday presents three opportunities for encounter with elite visitors. Super Bowl insiders say the real crush of celebrities will start today. The hunt is on! But it is a hunt in a world covered with inches of snow. Schools and businesses are closed like liquor stores on a Sunday. “But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep,” is the MySweetCharity mantra.

2:30 p.m. — LOOK at Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village

First stop is Mi Cocina, where the Jerry Jones family is hosting LOOK to showcase Richie Sambora‘s White Trash Beautiful “couture line” of clothing. A couple of hours before the event, checked in with Dallas Cowboys pr champ Joe Trahan. He dutifully reports that despite the closing of most schools and the warning by media outlets to stay home, the party is on.

Great! Since it is still subfreezing, it is doubtful many of the beautiful people will chance getting their Christian Louboutins snow soaked. Perfect! Will be able to kick back and have some quality time with the Bon Jovi guitarist and compare fashion notes with Richie’s co-designer Nikki Lund. But surprise! The HP Village parking lot around Mi Cocina is packed. Only a half hour into the party and the place is also jam-packed with guests who look like they made the final cut at a Kim Dawson cattle call. No split ends, bad complexions or last season’s casual wear for this bunch. Heck, no. These are the folks who have makeup artists on retainer and house accounts at just the right shops. After checking in with the girl greeters/guest list auditors, a security type is asked how many people are there. He says, “They say 300.” Tell him that it seems like there are more than 300. He winks and smiles.

Nancy Rogers and Sonia Black

It is a little hard to tell that the main dining room has been converted into a Miami-themed South Beach party world. No, it isn’t due to the windows showcasing a snowy HP Village. It is just too darn hard to see anything with all the beautiful people gathered. Long-legged, blond Nancy Rogers huddles up with her gal pals like Leisa Street, Sonia Black and Kris Johnson on a white couch. Despite the snow-covered streets on the other side of the window behind them, the girls look as snug as a litter of bunnies.

When asked about her dreamy Dennis Basso beige and white coat, Nancy sheepishly says that the clerk had forgotten to remove something. Lifting the edge of the jacket, she shows an EAS security tag.

Lana Andrews

Over in a side room, Brill Garrett looks as welcome as a cup of hot chocolate. She knows no strangers. Someone tells her that next year she’ll be in Indianapolis with husband/Dallas Cowboys coach Jason for Super Bowl XLVI. She smiles and blushes. Stephen Jones is chatting it up with Barry Andrews. Lana Andrews looks itty bitty all in black and admits that despite the weather, they’re having a great time. Yes, it had taken a bit of time to get home the night before from the NFL owners’ party at Cowboys Stadium, but it was well worth it. Fergie was adorable and had brought her father. Jamie Foxx was great and Jennifer Hudson was wonderful. This evening she and Barry are headed to the Coors Lite big hoop-la at Billy Bob’s, but she is concerned about the drive home since the roads might be icier.

Just then Troy Aikman, whose second home is Mi Cocina, passes Lana on his way out. When asked if he’ll be at the Samuel Lynne Galleries party tonight, he says, “Maybe. Don’t know.” Interesting, since he’s hosting the event.

Richie Sambora with fellow in brown and white sweater in background

Then live music from the upstairs balcony grabs everyone’s attention. All eyes go to the top of the staircase as a Caribbean-styled drum band parades down, with Richie in the center. The tallest member of the marching band has no instrument and looks a bit out of place in his brown and white sweater. Is he a guest who’s gotten into the party mood? Nope, his one job in this whole world is to keep the path clear for Sambora — even if it means shoving people aside. Guess he didn’t major in gentility. The good thing is that there are so many people packed in, there is no room to fall down.

As the sunglassed Sambora passes Nancy’s couch, he high-fives her waist and she gives him one of those “Nancy smiles.” Somebody asks Nancy, “How do you know Richie?” She looks startled and replies, “I don’t know him at all.”  Evidently Richie knows how to pick out a face in the crowd.

Then more long-legged gals appear on elevated platforms modeling WTB designs that Richie and co-designer Nikki have created. iPhone salutes reward the designers as people photograph the clothes. . . and/or the models. Somebody passes the word that the models are Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Didn’t recognize them without their uniforms.

Jerry Jones

Outside, PaperCity editor-emeritus Brooke Hortenstine walks by Mi Cocina looking spectacular and admitting that she had just had her makeup done for the night’s lineup. Even her hair looks sun-kissed. “Are you going in to see LOOK?”

She laughs in a girlish fashion, raising an eyebrow at the windows filled with people and saunters on. She has miles to go before she sleeps, too.

Just as the sun is coming out, Jerry Jones arrives. After handling the problems of ice sliding off of Cowboys Stadium, he’s probably relieved to be in his home ZIP code among friends and family.

7:00 p.m. — The Giving Fund at Samuel Lynne Galleries

Troy Aikman

Driving up to the Samuel Lynne Galleries, a line of car parkers are joined by Cecil Martinez, who is shoveling snow from the street. On the way in, Troy is seen leaving the party. Guess he’s headed to another event. He smiles and waves. Troy’s become the moving target of celebrities this week.

Once inside, a bevy of pr gals in the uniformed black dress and black, painfully high heels are front and center to offer assistance. Over to the side is Dallas Morning NewsChristopher Wynn tweeting away while his photo sidekick Courtney Perry is lining up shots.

While the list of VIPs is impressive in length, it is predominantly football types. But heck! Troy is hosting the party, so that makes sense.

Ky Hebert

The problem is, who is who? A group of fellows grab one media person and asks, “Who’s that guy? He looks famous.” The media type responds ignorance, but adds, “Yes, he did look important.” “The guy” turns out to be former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Ky Hebert.

Samuel Lynne owner JD Miller admits that even he isn’t quite sure who is who.

Fellow gallery owner Phil Romano is talking about plans for the Saturday night party at his home  benefiting The Giving Fund, his Hunger Busters and other organizations. He is looking forward to Hilary Swank‘s hosting the dinner at his home on Strait Lane. Sunday he’s taking her in a touring van along with 20 others to his box at Cowboys Stadium. “I hope she has a sense of humor!” Phil says.

8:00 p.m. — Audi Forum party at the Rachofsky House

Arrive early to impress the handlers. Greeted by the pr munchkins who are checking names. They look cold from the wintry temperatures and the wind. But still they smile and try to make everyone feel right at home. . . even the people whose names aren’t on the list and must be turned away.

Run into host Howard Rachofsky, who says it is 50/50 whether he’d be attending the Super Bowl. “We’re going to have so many guests in, and they all want a tour, you know, of the house. When you have a (hopefully!) interesting collection, that’s what you (have to) do.” Then he adds, “I’ve never seen so much security!”  But, you’re having big names coming tonight. “That’s what I understand,” he replies. All the while Jeremy the Security Guard looks on.

Across the way, ever-upbeat Cindy Rachofsky is asking, “What did Dallas do in a previous life to deserve all the snow?” She’s also thrilled about her new Shih Tzu/Bichon Frise puppy, Sophie, who has found the snow to be just terrific.

To accommodate the elite members of the media in their dealings with the much-vaunted boldfaced guests, two options are on the table — be part of the party crowd with no cameras and chancy VIP access, or the media bullpen for a red carpet interaction. Some opted to float between the two worlds of media opportunities.

The bullpen is a small room on the second level. With cameras and media types, the room gets even smaller. Against one wall is the on-too familiar sponsors’ backdrop, where the interviewees will be lined up as if facing a firing squad. Whoever makes the backdrops is a very happy camper.

Chord Overstreet

First to arrive is Chord “Glee” Overstreet, who serves as a warm-up act for the media players including Extra!, People Magazine, AP, WFAA, the Morning News and the Audi home team. He’s cute and shy. Asked about the Super Bowl, the blond Packers’ fan says, “I’m pumped!” This is my first Super Bowl. . .  Awful, awful Super Bowl weather. I want some sun.”

Then there’s a bit of a lull that allows the media to check smart phones and compare notes on their pasts. The media gets sorta endearing when they go through this period of work. Like a first date, they ask each other get-to-know-you questions like “Where did you go to school?”, “Did you know. . .?” and “The worst assignment I ever had was . . .” They never get into anything too deep like religion, politics or sex. These relationships just fill time until they have to hop into action. There are some among them that are the “loners.” They stay to themselves because they’re just too darn shy or they regard themselves above the common hoi polloi.

Upon venturing outside the pen to test the waters, PaperCity associate publisher Margaret Stafford is in the hallway laughing at PC Editor Rob Brinkley (aka Everyone’s BFF). “Someone” has spilled champagne or water on his camel-colored jacket and the floor. They are now advising guests of the slip and slide condition leading to the bullpen. Good thing, because this is the hallway that the holy VIPs will take to get to the bullpen.

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

The second-level living room looks scary jammed. It might be safer back with the rest of the media. Good decision. Upon returning to the bullpen, the head pr wrangler gives a warning signal that Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are about to be served up. Conversations are dropped and places taken. The wrangler, who is losing her voice, explains the ground rules. Demi and Ashton will first have still photos taken. Once that is done, it will be time for the video. At that time no more still photos are to be taken. Something about the twosome not liking flashes. No one says what will happen if the rules are not obeyed.

The duo enters the room like children who have once again been called to the principal’s office. Walking in single file with eyes slightly downcast. they  promptly take their places in front of the Audi backdrop. Bundled up in knit cap, scarf and winter jacket, Ashton looks like a tall kid who’d been on his way to build a snowman. Demi, on the other hand, is itty bitty. A pr insider from across the room mouths, Yves St. Laurent, pointing to Demi’s black cocktail dress. She looks adoringly at Ashton, while he warily checks out the surroundings like a Secret Service agent for the Bushes. As he loosens up, he teases the media about their being so quiet. Little did he know the advanced coaching that the media has received.

Just then Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen opens the door and enters letting the music from the party in. Media, especially those with headsets on, shudder. PR team cringes, but they’re not going to “have a talk” with Johan.

Someone asks Ashton if he’s seen the new Audi Super Bowl commercial. He counters, “Is it funny?” Standing on the sideline, Johan says, “It is German. It cannot possibly be funny.” Big laughter emerges from celebs, handlers and media. Whew!

When asked why they’re in Dallas, the celebrities both agree, “Football, always football.”

But the hand-holding couple doesn’t agree on everything. She’s for the Packers because of Aaron Rogers, and Ashton is rooting for the Steelers.

Demi, Ashton and Johan exit.

Rumors start circulating that the Prince concert that had been cancelled earlier in the day and then rescheduled is once again canceled. Media perks up. Super Bowl concert crisis. Dallas Morning News writer Jason Sheeler is texting nonstop.  WFAA’s social media guru Jonathan Betz is monitoring situation. Says WFAA has a crew checking it out. But before further developments can be reported, the chief wrangler appears and announces that Justin Timberlake will be arriving in a second. Same ground rules. Gee, does he have a problem with lights, too?

A covey of young gals has arrived in the room and directed to the far walls. They have cell phone cameras all ready for action. Don’t see any notepads. Guess they have very good memories.

Justin Timberlake

Justin, looking a bit wan and in retro Salvation Army attire, enters the room, followed by four or five beefy bodyguards, who look like successful undertakers. Somebody mutters, “Bet the president of Egypt wishes he had type of security.” The head of the escorts is a woman who would scare Kathy Bates. She immediately starts complaining about the arrangements. Pointing fingers at members of the media, she is giving the head wrangler a piece of her mind and other things, too. Wrangler announces that personal cameras and cell phone cameras are prohibited. Yeah, sure. Insiders know that the beefy security guys are soup if they come between the covey and their ‘N Sync boy-man.

Justin tells the crew that he’s a Packers’ fan. When asked by Extra!’s AJ Calloway if Justin’s willing to make a $5 bet on the outcome of Sunday’s Super Bowl, Justin wonders why the bet is so low. AJ responds, “I don’t have Justin Timberlake money.” One of Justin’s beefy security guards snorts and laughs quietly, “None of us do.”

Justin exits followed by entourage. Covey also departs. They came; they shot; they left.

Hugh Jackman*

Before the media could return to checking their cell phones or get updated on the Prince situation, the wrangler barely has time to announce the arrival of Hugh Jackman or the restrictions. With almost no fanfare, Hugh saunters into the room like he was returning to his favorite pub. Standing in front of the backdrop, he amiably answers questions. Then he does the unforgivable. He leaves the zone of safety and ventures toward the media. Was this some test that the wrangler has devised to see if the media would overstep their places? Evidently not.

He nonchalantly makes friends with one and all and talks on any topic —

Super Bowl — “My heart says the Packers, but my head says Steelers by five points.”

Weather — “I don’t mind it. We’re inside now, in a beautiful place. As long as we don’t have to go swimming. ”

Living in the states — “We’re living in New York. I love Texas. I’ve never seen it with snow. It’s magnificent.”

Advice for Oscar emcees — He recalls the advice that he got from Steve Martin: “Focus on the first part and just get it going. Have fun. Keep it moving. I took out some cookies. These A-list actors just mobbed me for cookies.”

Bulking up for his next role — He’s eating 6,000 calories a day. “Ten ounces of steak, chicken, rice, beans, very boring.” He got the diet from Duane Johnson and is trying to put on 30 to 40 pounds. Is working out an hour a day.

One of the wranglers gave the signal that it was time to end the conversation. Hugh leaves. Media members exchange looks signaling “He’s the real deal.”

Finally decide to emerge from the pen and see how the party is going. The once-open living room is jammed with people. Complain to a friend that it’s impossible to see where the celebs are. Friend makes a painful face. Look over shoulder to discover Demi and Ashton giggling with locals. Turn around to see another media type asking Jackman if he ever gets tired of “all these women slobbering over you?” Hugh gives him a big grin and says, “No,” then introduces media member to the lady standing next to him — Hugh’s wife Deborra-Lee. Awkward!

Decide it’s time to leave before another casualty moment takes place. Pass event planner Todd Fiscus on the stairway. He’s happy, happy. Has handled 50 events during the week. Is especially happy not to be associated in any form with the Prince debacle. Evidently word inside the bullpen had been right. It’s a mess.

Outside, the pr munchkins are now taking turns doing cold-weather duty. The parking lot looks as crowded as the living room upstairs. The slush makes the whole scene feel even colder. Demi and Ashton walk across the driveway to their car. Looks surrealistic. In the freezing temperatures that have even the hardiest valet turning NFL blue, she’s without a coat or anything to keep her warm. . . not even Ashton’s arm.

Chat with Morning News bold-face expert Alan “Dimples” Peppard. He chuckles at the idea of being a part of the media herd. That’s so not cool. Waves good bye as he gets in his SUV and drives off to another swell event. Someone says, “Your car is here.” Head to vehicle, open the backdoor and ask friend, “When did we get a fur coat?”

Oops, wrong car. Drat! Wait another 15 minutes for the right vehicle to be found. Except for the chill, it isn’t a problem. Have fun talking with arriving guests like Laura Hunt, Brendan Higgins and Jenna Turner.  Feel very in the know. Tell them to look up Hugh and Deborra-Lee and Justin. Sorry they just missed Demi and Ashton. Don’t you know we’re all on a first-name basis.

* Hugh Jackman photo credit: Audi/WireImage.

Tomorrow: Private Party and Hilary Swank Dinner

Super Bowl XLV Wrap Up: Legends Dinner And Audi Forum Part(y) I

MySweetCharity Wrap Up will skip Wednesday since the arctic dumped all types of frigid problems on North Texas’ s doorstep. But by Thursday, locals and visitors were digging out of the snow holes and wanting to shake the cabin fever.


6:00 p.m. — Legends for Charity Dinner Presenting the  Pat Summerall Award at the Hilton Anatole

First on the list is the Legends dinner benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Should be a stellar night. Legendary Pat Summerall is going to present the award to the NFL on FOX Pregame and Super Bowl Broadcast team. Accepting the award will be the FOX lineup of Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Buck, Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long, Curt Menefee, Pam Oliver  and Michael Strahan. It’s gonna be quite a night.

Arrive at the Anatole to shivering carparkers. Somebody didn’t put up side walls along the entry. Not a good sign for later in the evening, when guests will try to retrieve their cars in the wind chill. Ah, but that’s later. Now guests are filling the lobby, while a handful head to a private reception in the Wedgewood Room.

Once inside the VIP reception, no one looks too concerned that there are no celebs. Organizers are assuring folks that they are on their way. Not to worry. There is enough chatter about the weather, Super Bowl and, “Did you know Troy is getting a divorce?”

Scott Murray, Alyce Caron, Mickey and Bill Lively

Smiling as if he hadn’t a care in the world is Bill Lively, who admits that there are a couple of glitches in the Super Bowl Week. He and his wife Mickey stand near the back of the room. Are he and wife Mickey going to stay for dinner? Nope, they’re off to the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee celebration in Fort Worth and then on to the NFL owners’ party at Cowboys Stadium. Someone comments that he has a  lot of driving. Bill smiles, “We have a driver.”

Near the Livelys are former KXAS anchor Alyce Caron, who is now hosting on HSN. She’s with fellow KXAS vet Scott Murray. Seems that Scott’s wife Carol was “stuck” at their lake house thanks to the snow and she insisted that Scott bring their house guest Alyce.

Tony Romo and Candice Crawford

Tony Romo looks as happy as can be with his gorgeous fiancée Candice Crawford. She’s sorta wearing a royal blue cocktail dress. It’s hard to tell because she is sorta covering it up with her warm navy blue coat. Tony is wearing his driving cap, gray suit with open white shirt  and days-old stubble.

Eventually, the headliners start appearing one at a time. Like queen bees, they are surrounded by guests the moment they set foot in the room.

Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw makes an entrance like a winning political candidate. He jokes with total strangers, poses for photos and probably would have kissed a baby if one had been in the room. How could Dallasites have hated him when he played for the Steelers?

Howie Long

Howie Long is a bit more serious. When he smiles, the room lights up. But when he’s not smiling, he looks like he could take out half the room with a sweep of his hand.  That’s not to say that he’s unhappy or angry. Rather, he really focuses on conversations with the multitudes, while trying to pose for pictures and sign autographs.

Michael Strahan

Standing at 6’5″, Michael Strahan towers above the crowd. As people talk with him, he tends to scour the room looking for his FOX team mates.

Jimmy Johnson

On the other end of the height spectrum is Jimmy Johnson. Like a running back, he swiftly moves around the room faster. The only way to track him is the sight of his perfectly coifed silver hair. It’s hard to hold him still.

Joe Buck

One of the last to appear is Joe Buck, who seems a bit anxious. With his glasses on, he reviews papers like a lawyer facing his first trial. When asked to join the others for a photo opp against the evening’s official backdrop, a big, old college boy smile appears.

After the group picture is taken, someone asks an organizer, “Where’s Troy?” She looks a little deflated and says, “He’s not going to make it. He had a corporate commitment.” Someone within earshot says, “I heard he was having a dinner at his house.”

On the way to the next party, a drive by of Troy’s house indicates that no dinner party is taking place there unless it’s being held in the dark.

7:30 p.m.  — Audi Forum party at the Rachofskys House

Next stop is the Audi Forum. This three-night program has been quietly moving up in the Super Bowl event rankings. First positive sign was Audi’s longtime association and track record with past Super Bowls. Second indication that someone knew what they were doing is locating the three-day forum at The Rachofsky House (aka Cindy and Howard Rachofskys’ home/museum). The place has been the scene for very impressive gatherings of beautiful and tasteful types. One of the things you learn after your first trip to the House is the standard operating procedures. At certain points there are people who politely advise you that there are steps, and to watch yours. No matter how many times you walk up or down the steps, they’re there for your protection. And speaking of protection, there are also people standing guard near certain art pieces. One young man is prepared to body-block anyone who might walk into a painting on the far wall.

Another thumbs-up was the very limited guest list for the invite-only parties.  Thursday night is to be local influentials and limited media. Friday night is posh out-of-towners with a smattering of very housebroken local beautiful people with extremely limited media. Saturday night is a dinner with oh-so-painfully few media skewing mainly to the national press. Unlike other Super Bowl parties predicting thousands in attendance, the Audi Forum is cutting off attendance at 150 to 200 guests each.

The final sign that this event was going to be the memory-maker and most-talked-about was the leaking of attendees. After taking an oath of secrecy, names like Demi (Moore), Ashton (Kutcher) and Justin (Timberlake) started being dropped.

Then an email arrived. Hugh Jackman. Even the New Yawk pr people admitted that they had stopped breathing on that one.

Speaking of the media, rules are established before event planners get too generous in providing information to the selected media. Friday and Saturday night there are to be no photos taken at the party unless blessed by their pope of publicity. Even then you have to be escorted around the room. But early signs are indicating that this may be the Super “WOW” event(s) of the week.

Driving past a lineup of Audis and down the driveway, more chilled valets are on hand to take vehicles. Carl Sewell is out front. When someone asked if he’s the evening’s greeter, he replies he’s leaving, “if I ever get my car.”

Inside the front door, lasses in charge of checking off names are dressed in standard pr munchkin attire — conservative black cocktail dresses and high heels. Of course, they’re adorable and cheerful. They worry about Friday night when they’ll have to greet guests outdoors.

Don and Ana Carty

Wandering around the ground level, it becomes apparent that this is a very well-heeled group of business and art leaders with the likes of Jennifer and John Eagle talking with Ana and Don Carty. On the second level, Jaap van Zweden reports that his arm is doing nicely.

Kenny Goss

Kenny Goss is approached about the Prince concert the next night benefiting Kenny’s Goss-Michael Foundation. Kenny says, “I don’t know Prince. I just know his music. George (Michael — Kenny’s partner) knows him.” All he reallyknows is the concert has been moved from a tent at the former Reunion site to the InterContinental Hotel. A promoter (Chris Arnold) is handling all this and Kenny doesn’t know the details. (Editor’s note: Just 24 hours later, the concert would be canceled, rescheduled and then canceled again.)

Tomorrow: LOOK, The Giving Fund and Audi Forum Part(y) II.

JUST IN: Tonight’s Turtle Creek Recovery Center Event Postponed

Tonight’s David Yurman event at NorthPark benefiting the Turtle Creek Recovery Center has been postponed to Thursday night. . . same place, same time of day, same delicious jewelry.

JUST IN: Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Delayed Until Noon

Just got word from Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show co-chair Holly Davis that the annual benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the Hilton Anatole has been delayed until noon due to the weather conditions.

Check back with MySweetCharity before you leave for the luncheon, just in case there are any changes in plans.

And you just know you don’t need to be told to drive safely, take your cell phone (duh!), bring a blanket and water and be very careful.

UPDATE: Just received this note from Holly,

“It is a very difficult situation but we are going forward with a delayed start at Noon. Some people are confident about making the trek while others are opting to stay home. I hope everyone does what is safest and best for them.

We have models backstage getting ready right now to put on a fabulous show. Now… I better get ready too!”

For those of who attend the luncheon, be very safe both going and returning from the event.

POSTPONED: Walmart Foundation Presentation To North Texas Food Bank

Scheduled to take place Thursday, the donation of a refrigerated food truck to the North Texas Food Bank by the Walmart Foundation has been postponed “due to inclement weather that is forecasted to hit North Texas again this week.”

Check back about the rescheduled date.

JUST IN: Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Is Happening Tomorrow “No Matter The Weather”

St. Valentine's Day Luncheon 2010

Remember last year’s Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show? Sure, you do. It was the one that ended with the ladies heading to their cars as Dallas got hit by a wintry blast. Ah, but the ladies had Lady Luck on their committee and managed to pull the whole thing off before things got grim.

Once again the gals are being threatened with snowfall, but they’re absolutely fearless. They just sent word that tomorrow’s event at the Hilton Anatole is a definite “GO!” At the recent patrons party, they announced that they had a back-up plan — slumber party at the Anatole the night before. Wonder if they’ll be telling ghost stories tonight?

Crawford Brock

Or, they just might be writing thank you notes to Stanley Korshak’s Crawford Brock. You ask why? Well, this info from the committee is pretty self-explanatory:

“For more than 10 years, Crawford Brock of the renowned retail outlet, Stanley Korshak has been an integral part of the Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show. Not only has Stanley Korshak been a major cash sponsor of this event, donating over $600,000 in cash alone since 2002, Crawford and his store have provided in kind donations as well that have significantly decreased the expenses associated with this magnificent production. In addition, as the Fashion Presenting Sponsor, Crawford Brock and the team at Stanley Korshak, have been dedicated to supporting the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Whether it be through underwriting production costs, providing stylists and models, securing and flying in designers such as this year’s designer, Carolina Herrera or through hosting kickoffs and events to promote the Luncheon and Fashion Show, their support has helped create a one of kind event that every Dallasite wants to be a part of while raising vital funds for cancer research. We would like to nominate Crawford Brock and Stanley Korshak for the Partners Against Leukemia & Lymphoma Award as they truly are a partner in the fight against blood cancers.”

Super Bowl XLV Wrap Up: Media Partying With The Golden Oldies

Forget football. Name dropping has been the best sport in the area for weeks. Top-of-the-food-chain pr firms from NYC, LA and Chicago have been inundating Dallas with  heart-stopping names as part of the Super Bowl XLV festivities. Hey, wake up, big time pr types. We read the Enquirer and watch Extra!, too. Ain’t no Beverly Hillbillies living in this ZIP code. As the clock ticked away, it became obvious to oldtimers that some dropped names were pretty real and impressive and others were promoters’ pie-in-the-sky wish lists.

In covering celeb type events you came to the realization that —

  1. There are two ways to “encounter” the VIP’s: You can work the red carpet for brief one-on-ones with the celebs, or, if you’re lucky to be allowed in with the housebroken guests, you can chum around with them and pick up tidbits.
  2. There are as many breakfast encounters as there are homeless people in the Park Cities.
  3. Social media is the fax machine of 2011.
  4. The good local pr peeps can hold their own any minute of the day with the coasties types.
  5. A lot of locals took their “events” way too seriously, actually believing that this event would trump the second coming of Tom Landry.

With all of this in mind, here is the first installment of the Super Bowl Week roundup celebrity coverage. It shows how the media isn’t all that exciting when put together with no news to cover.


8:00 p.m. — Media Party at House of Blues

With the first brush of frigid air hitting the Dallas area and with more on the horizon, the media gathered at Cowboys Stadium to interview the Packers and the Steelers. After a long day at the office, the media needed to unwind and the North Texas Super Bowl Committee was all ready to help them through the night. The spot to unwind was the House of Blues wedged between the West End and Victory. Say, isn’t that the 7/11 of entertainment venues? But we digress.

To accommodate the barely-on-an-expense-account media, organizers swore they had “given out valet passes for the House of Blues. Sometime we move so fast on these things.” Alas, those media that didn’t get the “valet passes” did get hit with a $30 parking charge.

North Texas Super Bowl spin meisters didn’t stop here. They said that despite the freezing weather and professionals’ “Big Chill” predictions, “We’ll be all right; it’ll be 60 degrees by game day.” Oops! (Actual Sunday temperatures hit a whopping 53 degrees.) Sounded a little like the folks who swore that the Titanic was unsinkable.

Charlotte Anderson and Gene Jones

Charlotte Anderson, there with Mama Gene Jones, said: “I can’t believe it’s here, after five years!” She hugged and chatted with JB Hayes, who just got back from Davos, Switzerland  and was looking forward to being at the big host committee party at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth later in the week.

Once inside it was a pack of media types, and there is nothing more interesting than watching members of the media partying. There was the younger generation with fingers and thumbs texting about who was there and what they were drinking. There was the older generation with spit in their jaws ready to spittoon the first younger generation that asked them about the good old days. While journalist Olympians Pat Summerall and other Blackie Sherrod award honorees were upstairs having a private dinner, the action in the main rooms included:

  • Writer Art Stricklin mentioned a “book” that’s being done on the Super Bowl by the local host committee. It will be the first such project for a Super Bowl. (Editor’s note: After reviewing the actual Super Bowl Week, they might want to rethink that one.)
  • Dallas Morning NewsMark Edgar raved about the Franklin Barbecue downstairs: “It’s the best!” Then he rushed back to the office.
  • Roger Staubach was interviewed by The Ticket. Rog said this year we have two really great teams playing, and two great quarterbacks who don’t quit. He felt like this was going to be one of the best Super Bowls ever to watch, and “that’s what you want.”
  • FOX 4’s Ron Jackson was sucking a beer after a long day; “We had to do a lot of cut-ins today,” he said. Goes out on a limb and predicted upper 40s for Saturday and low to mid 50s for Sunday. Then another wave of cold weather Monday.
  • Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert welcomed the crowd with a spinning quip about the weather. Maybe it’s cold outside, he says, but no warmer hospitality exists than you’ll find in Dallas.

Then a video about Blackie’s nearly 60-year career was played. For oldtimers, it’s poignant. For youngsters, it’s hopefully inspiring. The video called him the best sports columnist in the history of Texas newspapers. That may well be true, but Blackie would have shuddered and headed to the parking lot.

Remember, Blackie, Dan Jenkins and other “oldtimers” were covering sports when a manual typewriter was considered state-of-the-art technology, the bottom drawer usually had a bottle of Jack Daniels and cigarette smoke filled newsrooms. They were the pioneers of Texas sports reporting and as tough as the players on the field.

Blackie’s wife, Joyce, said he couldn’t be part of the evening’s festivities because he’s in his 92nd year and he’s recovering from all those years of fun he had sportswriting. Blackie’s friends gave each other the eye. They know that Blackie was never a hoot and holler, hurray kind of guy.

Dan Jenkins

Next on the program was Dan Jenkins’ daughter Sally (a writer for Washington Post) to introduce her dad. She said her dad taught her to open a pack of Winstons, to drink three martinis and to “never let a thing go until it’s absolutely as good as you can make it.”

Dan came out and said he was happy “to be presented an award for living too long.” He also welcomed all the media to Texas. Later when he was asked about the cold weather affecting the Super Bowl, Dan chuckled, “I live in Fort Worth. This is fun! I also lived in New York for 30 years. This is nothing!”

Honoree Frank Luksa was introduced by Fort Worth-Star Telegram sports columnist Randy Galloway, who said Luksa was “a hero of mine” and a gentleman. Frank then said the award meant a great deal to him. He spoke about Blackie as a great writer who always found the perfect words.

Daryl Johnston and Michael Johnson

The final honoree was introduced by Roger Staubach, who in turn had to be introduced by Daryl “Moose” Johnston. Moose introduced Rog as “God Junior.” Before tacking his official duties, Staubach said that Bill Lively had been the “hero of the North Texas Super Bowl Committee.” Then he went on to claim that the wintry weather had been ordered by the host committee to make Pittsburgh and Green Bay teams feel at home. Getting downright religious, Roger claimed to have talked to Tom Landry and (Roger’s) mother in heaven to make it happen. But on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, he added, the committee will deliver the weather that the fans and the media would want. Then he introduced NFL vet Pat Summerall, whose six-decade career had included broadcasting 16 Super Bowls.

Pat recalled covering his first Super Bowl as a sideline reporter. When he was ordered to ask Green Bay Coach Vince Lombardi if he would mind kicking off–again–to start the second half, Summerall refused and feared that would be his last Super Bowl.

Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones

Then the hundreds of media settled back to music and “refreshments” on the ground floor, as Jerry Jones, Rich Dalrymple and Stephen Jones leaned over one rail against the wall, peering down at the action from the second level. Two Dallas cops and two women guarded the roped-off entrance to where they were. Occasionally Jerry would crook his finger to them, meaning to allow people–a middle-aged couple, two 20something girls–to enter the holy area and visit, or have their photo taken with Jerry.

Photos by Glenn Hunter

Tomorrow: Super Bowl XLV Wrap Up: Thursday including the Legends dinner and Audi Forum Part(y) I.

Coming Attractions: Super Bowl XLV Wrap Up

Like most of Dallas, MySweetCharity has been in the recovery stage of the Super Bowl Perfect Storm. As promised MSC will make an exception to its usual nonprofit coverage and provide you with a wrap up of the Super Duper Week.

Later today coverage of Tuesday’s Super Bowl media party will be posted. Don’t get your hopes up. You’ll find that the media is basically a ordinary group when they don’t have anything to cover.

Wednesday Weather Forecast: A Possible Return Of Wintry Woes

The elves from the MySweetCharity weather department just slipped a note to management that wintry weather might make a return Wednesday. Since there are two or three events (St. Valentine’s Day Luncheons, Turtle Creek Recovery reception, etc.) scheduled for Wednesday, please check with MSC about their status.

Let’s not forget what happened last week or last year.