An unabashed Blair Underwood fan letter.

OK, I admit it.  I’m a fan.  I think Blair Underwood is a talented actor, on stage and on screen. In the last few months I’ve gotten to see him storm onto the stage as “Othello”, dredlocks flowing, owning the part. This weekend he played “Ludie”, the beleaguered son of an elderly woman played by…

The host to a thousand.

We didn’t meet Ron Burkle, who generously opened his magnificent estate for the 20th year to the Rape Center luncheon — but I wanted to tell him ‘thank you’ anyway. These are the kinds of letters I write because I believe in the power of thank you … even when I’m just one of the…

Homeowner bliss.

Daniele Neuharth works in Development for Art Center in Pasadena.  She has been very encouraging of my new career path in fundraising, and has sent me resources that have been extremely helpful.  She wrote me that she got an article I recently sent her — and that she and her husband just purchased a new…

Slip & Slide fame.

Christopher Baker, now a Beverly Hills attorney, had a brainstorm back when we were in college.  He created an ‘installation’, Christo-style, of a “Slip & Slide” — first outside the dorm of College Five, then inside the hallway of the dorm. It was an instant hit. It’s also one of my favorite memories of my…

“Buyer & Cellar” — two thumbs up.

I wasn’t quite sure what “BUYER & CELLAR” was about.  It’s a play that’s at The Mark Taper right now, put on by Center Theatre Group, and I’d read great reviews about the crisp writing and how the show would probably translate well to Los Angeles. What I didn’t know was that it would be…

Pregnant pause.

I was pregnant with Jamie when I worked with Stephen Brown.  It was a show called “FUN HOUSE”, and he produced segments and I was the Associate Producer.  (J.D. Roth was our host — he now Executive Produces “The Biggest Loser”). It was a Nickelodeon “glop” show, replete with kids doing races around an inside…

Ode to Othello.

Vin and Donna Guillaume and I drove down to San Diego yesterday to see Blair Underwood play “Othello”. He was phenomenal, and graciously welcomed us back to his dressing room afterwards, where we talked so animatedly we forgot to ask for a post-show picture. I wrote him a fan letter tonight and hope the office…

A tote with a note.

http://www.cliffgartenstudio.com/   Tonight I’m going to meet CLIFF GARTEN, a sculptor/artist/architect who’s also a Rhode Island School of Design alum. I’m taking him a RISD tote bag — so he can feel school pride… and I’ve tucked a note into it for him to read after the lecture. Whenever there’s an opportunity to meet someone…