Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
The movers, the shakers, the shaken and the sedentary braved the threat of rain and the proximity of a (docile) hive of bees Wednesday evening to bolster the campaign coffers of Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.).
Pell, chairman of the Subcommittee on Education, Arts and the Humanities, is considered a key bolsterer of arts appropriations on the Hill. And so it seemed politically appropriate for Kennedy Center Chairman Roger Stevens to host a $100-a-plate fund-raiser in his large and tranquil Georgetown garden - where Catholic University drama school founder Father Filbert V. Hartke claimed credit for slaving off the rains.
The one thing that couldn't be staved off were the jets, growling in low over Georgetown.
"I have so many people to thank . . ." Pell was saying as his voice was overtaken by a 727.
". . . The Kinneys . . . Teddy Westreich . . ."
". . . Ina Ginsburg . . ."
Still more planes. And now he was pausing.
". . . I'm getting myself in real trouble now . . ."
"He didn't say that," AFI director George Stevens quipped to a listener.
"My opponent," Pell continued, "is a vigorous young man who reminds me of me 18 years ago."
With that, Pell was handed an original, youthful-looking sketch of himself by local artist Manon Cleary, an image that had been included in the invitation to the event.
"I want to thank the artist . . ." (and Pell leaned over so an assistant could whisper her name in his ear) "Manon Cleary for the art."
"Where are the planes when he needs them?" asked someone in the crowd, sotto voce.
Livingston Biddle, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, stepped up for a toast.
"I am in the arts now, thanks to Sen. Pell," he said. Once an assistant to Pell, Biddle's appointment was heavily lobbied for by his former boss.
"To long legislative life, and a vigorous future," Biddle said.
"To 24 years in the Senate and not 18," a voice in the crowd responded.
"I missed Joan Mondale," a woman complained. A second lady had greeted guests at the house early in the evening, and left before the luckless contributor had arrived. "I guess I'll have to settle for shaking Theodore Bikel's hand."
She also could have shaken the hand of former Supreme Court Associate Justice Abe Fortas, Rep. John Brademas (D-Ind.), humanities endowment chairman Joe Duffy or Mrs. Hugh Auchincloss, referred to by one neatly dressed fellow in the crowd as "Jackie's divine mother."
"I think mixing politics and art is very healthy," Biddle said later. "It makes art stay in the mainstream. I don't think there's any conflict between politics and art. I think the conflict is in the politics of art - the fighting that goes on between musicians and dancers and the theater."