Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
The Austins of Florida, the Gramlichs of West Virginia, the Lavines of Rhode Island, the McNamees of Mississippi and the Shestacks of Pennsylvania all came to Washington Wednesday night to receive their reward for contributing $1,000 to the Democratic Party - a moonlit cruise on the Potomac River with Vice President Watler Modale.
At the last minute, however, Mondale's schedule changed and though he spent 45 minutes aboard the ship remained docked at the Maine Avenue waterfront the whole time he was there.
After shaking the hands of most of the 250 guests, the Vice President hurried back to the Senate and the filibuster on the administration's energy bill, and the ship America finally set sail.
All the guests who are members of the 1600 Club of the Democratic National Commitee, seemed to understand, buoyed by a few words with Mindale.
Juanita Bryant of Winston-Salem, N.C., the head of a Democratic organization of Yadkin County, snapped p hoto of Mondale and complimented him for his wife's interest in the arts, particularly her recent visit to a pottery center in her state."He said 'I wish she could be as interested in me as she is in the arts,' in a joking way, of course," said Bryant.
In his rounds of the enclosed upper deck, Mondale got invited to a lobster dinner fund-raiser for Sen. William Hathaway (D-Maine) by Gerald Tabenken of Bangor; ran into Calvin Carter of Tampa, Fla., a second cousin of the President and a president in his own right of an insurance company: and spotted Mark Hogan, former lieutenant governor of Colorado.
Standing by the door, Kenneth Curtis, chairman of the DNC said the committee had raised $3.2 million since the Inauguration and had erased $1.3 million of its $4-million debt.