Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
About 250 people whose heritage could have been traced back to all different parts of the world, including Ireland, were invited to the Deactur House Tuesday to view excerpts from the TV show, "The Best of Families."
The reception was co-hosted by the Children's Television Workshop and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The evening was Irish with a green and white tent covering tables of beer, wine, Irish coffee, Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, code-fish balls, blarney cheese and apple dumplings.
The Irish never looked so good, until the show started and it was known that there was more food at the reception than the Irish on the screen ever had in their lives.
Joan Mondale, wife of the Vice President, came in quietly to mingle with the guests and wish the TV series success.
Speakers Joan Ganz Cooney, president of Children's Television Workshop, and Joseph D. Duffey, chairman of the National Endownment for the Humanities, spoke about how important it was to have the people of America get their acts together and show American history on television.
"The Irish Tradition," a three-piece group now playing at the Dubliner, supplied the music.
Moving through the throng picking up empty glasses and checking coats were four young sisters helping the Irish festivities. Their names were Jeanne, Mary Seton, Amy and Anne Puglisi, and they may have made the balance for the ethnic evening.