SunAmerica Inc. chairman Eli Broad took a page from Mark Twain at this month's news conference to announce the Arco Foundation's $10 million donation to the struggling Disney Concert Hall project.
"Rumors of the Disney Hall's demise have been greatly exaggerated," Broad observed.
But by the end of L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan's brief presentation, Broad probably wished the topic of "rumored demise" had never come up.
"Roy Disney would be looking down with pride on all of us today," Riordan told the assembled crowd, which included members of the Disney family.
Ooops. Walt Disney may be gone, but his brother Roy was still alive and officed in beautiful downtown Burbank last time we checked.
The Emerald City
Where was the president of University of Notre Dame on St. Patrick's Day last week? At a big bash at the Indiana university, home of the Fighting Irish?
Nope. Rev. Edward A. Malloy was in Beverly Hills at an annual banquet thrown by the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Los Angeles.
Malloy was the featured speaker at the bash, which also boasted Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, City Councilman John Ferraro, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Northrop Grumman Corp. chairman Kent Kresa and SunAmerica Inc. chairman Eli Broad.
But shouldn't Malloy have been in South Bend, Ind., at a St. Patrick's-themed party? Not at all, says university spokesman Dennis Brown.
"People are always surprised when we tell them that Notre Dame doesn't make a real big deal out of St. Patrick's Day. We have no formal activities to speak of, and Father Malloy didn't miss out on a thing," Brown says.
Too real for comfort
Are people in North Hollywood still a little jittery about automatic weapons? The police seem to think so.
A couple of weeks after the foiled Feb. 28 bank robbery and police gunfight, a crew from DreamWorks Television was scheduled to shoot a bank robbery scene for the show "High Incident," just a few blocks from the Bank of America where the real bank robbery took place.
Police, however, refused to issue a film permit for the shoot, according to the Hollywood Reporter, because they have a temporary ban on filming in the area that involves simulated automatic weapons fire.
Police apparently fear a staged gunfight would prove too upsetting to neighbors.
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