He Wants to Pin You Down
He's back! For 17 years, Tommy "The Matchmaker" Curtis skippered the Yacht Club, the singles bar in Bethesda for boomers looking for love -- and became a local legend for his shameless flattery and late-night commercials. Now he's attempting a comeback with a new way to play Cupid.
The Yacht Club closed its doors in January 2006, and Curtis was exploring new locations when he was hit by a car and sidelined for nine months. He started using a cane, which pretty much put an end to racing around nightclubs, and started looking for ways to match-make in absentia.
So now he's hawking a 14-K "TTM" lapel pin, which stands for "Talk to Me" (and also an acronym for "Tommy the Matchmaker"). The theory is that anyone sporting the $49.95 pin discreetly signals they're available and interested. (What happened to just not wearing a wedding ring?)
"I can't be everywhere all the time," Curtis told us yesterday. "But now I found the Holy Grail of dating." The pin doesn't formally debut until next month, but he's already got a Web site and says he's sold "hundreds."
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?
* Julia Louis-Dreyfus buying a pumpkin cookie Wednesday at the Praline Bakery in Bethesda. The sitcom superstar, who grew up around these parts, was with her mom and sister.
Marching Down the Aisle to Their Own Beat
Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) and Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) will be married tomorrow in Asheville, N.C. -- and since they're both members of the Recording Academy caucus, their friends in the Grammys' D.C. lobbying shop, led by Daryl Friedman, offer up this proposed song list for the reception. Good times!
"Something in the Way She Moves (to Adjourn)"
"You're the Wonk That I Want"
"Roll Call Down the River"
"You Say You Want a Resolution"
"I Only Have Ayes for You"
CELEBRITY SICK BAY
* Liza Minnelli collapsed onstage midway through a Christmas concert in Stockholm on Wednesday; after being treated at a hospital, she canceled the rest of her European dates and flew back to the U.S. No word on her condition.
* Emma Bunton ( who? oh, right -- Baby Spice) is on crutches for a sprained ankle she got during a fall while performing with the Spice Girls in Las Vegas on Monday. (Why is this not on YouTube yet?) Unclear if she'll be healed in time for the first of their big-deal London shows tomorrow.
The Rest of the Story? Snow Fills In for Harvey
Tony Snow is returning to broadcasting today for the first time since leaving the Bush administration -- as a guest host on Paul Harvey's radio show.
The former Fox News host turned White House press secretary has kept a mostly low profile since leaving that job in September -- a decision he attributed to his desire to support his family on a private-sector salary, not to his battle with cancer. He'll fill in for Harvey on his high-rated national ABC Radio Networks show in two broadcasts today -- 8:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. -- heard locally on WMAL (630 AM).
Bolten's Revved About Christmas
Get your motor runnin'! The race to have the coolest Christmas tree is on-- and it appears that Josh Bolten may have taken an early lead. The White House chief of staff has a tree in his office that's decorated predominantly with motorcycle ornaments and Harley-Davidson insignia. Righteous! In answer to your next question: He also has a motorcycle menorah. ("It's hard to describe," says a colleague.)