Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
It was not your average college reunion.
The invitation to the 31st Annual Oxfor and Cambridge Dinner Monday Monday nigt. Lear himself led the pack "Dress: black tie, college blazer, evening kilt or equivalent."
"I don't own an evening kilt," said retired Sen. Hugh Scott of Pennyslyvania former Balliol College instructor. "I'm a Scot, but not that Scot."
The dinner was open only to sons and a few daughter of Oxford and Cambridge (no wives and husbands). The crowd numbered over 200, and there wasn't a kilt an sight.
This nostalgic an very private gathering attracts a very prestigious guest list, one that Washington socialties would be hard-pressed to match.
CIA director Adm. Stansfield Turner (Exeter, Oxford), British Ambassador Sir Peter Ramsbotham (Magdelen, Oxford), former Ambassador George McGhee (Queens, Oxford), British Ambassador to the U.N. Ivor Richard (Pembroke, Oxford) and Pulitzer prize winning columnist George Will (Magdalen, Oxford) all toasted the Queen's Silver Jubilee.
Will, accepting congratulations on his Pulitzer announced Monday, said he had heard about the prize weeks ago "through the usual sieve-like leaks.
"But I think they sent the telegram to the wrong house," he joked. Someone inquired about the cash award.
"You mean there's money, too?" he asked.
The men, mostly in black ties with a few college blazers, outnumbered the women by about 30 to 1, and Oxford alumni outnumbered Cambridge.
Toasts and speeches were offered, as well as after-dinner port. The Americans all affected British accents for the evening, and the British were as usual, articulate and amusing.
Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) (Balliol, Oxford), a former Rhodes Scholar, brought his wife, Christine. Did he invoke some congressional privilege? Not at all. Christine Sarbanes is also an Oxford graduate, and served as toastmaster for the event last year.
"This is a very elite group," she said, laughing. Not at all average.