With Atlanta being the southeastern headquarters for everything on earth, when the city's congressman has a fundraiser, the Big Guns are expected to fall in the door, big checks in their hot hands.
Fall in the door they did at the Democratic Club on Capitol Hill for Congressman Elliot H. Levitas' drink-and-donate party. They even smiled a lot as they wrote their $250 checks.
The saying goes that you can't fly to hell without changing planes in Atlanta so, predictably, the aviation industry lined up down the staircase of the club, which used to be the Rotunda Restaurant.
Delta Airlines sent its president and chief executive officer Dave Garrett, in addition to Scott Yohe and Merf Dellums of the government relation staff. Atlanta is their home office.
Old Allegheny Airlines has become brand new U.S. Air, after absorbing some smaller companies.
The administration was represented by Stu Eizenstadt from the White House, Betty Anderson, under secretary of the Treasury, Barbara Blum, deputy administrator of EPA, and Max Clelland, the Veterans' Administration administrator. From the Merchants Marine and Fisheries Commissions came Taddy McAllister.
nobody in government wants to be quoted about Iran, unless you give them a written guarantee they shall be nameless forever. And since everybody on the House side is running, the fine art of fence straddling is in.
They all get this "I care more about the world situation than about politics" look, when asked about presidential prospects. Jumping time is several months off, you see.
Other Southern congressmen dropping in to say good things about their colleagues were Tom Bevill of Alabama, Jack Brinkley of Georgia, Andy Ireland and Earl Hutton of Florida. Earl succeeded elegant Bob Sykes, who is probably sitting in the sun in Panama City counting his banks.
Neither Sam Nunn nor Herman Talmadge, Georgia's senators came, because Bobby Byrd had all the senators locked in for an overnight session, but Lee Ball came from Herman's office.
Ham Jordan, Frank Moore and Jim McIntyre from the White House had been advertised as coming but were no shows.
Jany Coyne was talking about how to get through customs when coming into Miami from Jamaica. She was standing in the drawing room of True Davis' house, when Gen. Godfrey McHugh interrupted her tale.
"I'll tell you how Jane gets anything she wants through customs. She rolls those big, beautiful eyes, acts helpless and tells them she just doesn't know what on earth to do 'cause she's never been through customs before. She got 'em to let me bring in a whole chicken coop full of rattan chairs. They even hauled 'em through for me."
True was having a thank-you cocktail hour for all who helped him make the International Horse Show a success.
Lillian McHugh was telling Howard de Franceaux about the ski trip she and Godfrey have planned for February. They're going to Lech, Austria. "There was a marvelous article all about the place in Town and Country and the greatest thing about it is that it is loads cheaper than St. Moritz.
"The whole place is full of dear, little family hotels, very Tyrolean and gingerbread. Prince Bernhard and the queen (of the Netherlands) will be there. The Prince and Godfrey are old friends. He's plain as an old shoe, hates protocol. Of course the queen's a bit stuffier, but a grand lady,"
Howard and wife Barbara recently hosted a big wine and cheese do at their house for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
"The doctors at NIH say we've "turned on the lights in the labs' with what all of us have raised for this foundation. If we can just make congress and the medical establishment more aware of this work, then we will know we have really done something."
The de Franceaux are into cooking, even have twin kitchens. On his side Howard does nothing but French. Barbara specializes in American. They don't even share a stove. He's electric, she's gas.
"Well, hell, I have to do something since I hurt my back and can't play golf of tennis anymore," says Howard, who is hitched up to a "stimu-pump" attached to his belt. "It's a type of electric acupuncture, which shoots charges into my crazy back all the time. I wouldn't be able to move without it."
Betty Mize is very pleased her new gift on Prospect Place in Georgetown is off to a great beginning. Many of her good friends are helping.
Originally from Kansas, Betty came to Washington when her husband Chet was elected to congress. He's now retired and working in Washington and doesn't miss The Hill a bit, but Betty says she still does at times.
"We French Canadians consider ourselves the first ones there, right after the Indians." Georges Bechard, first secretary for public affairs of the Canadian Embassy, was explaining the division of population of his country.
"The French-descent account for 27 percent of Canada's people." And it was a French night at Canada's embassy residence as Ambassador and mrs. Peter Towe honored Mireille Dansereau, a lady screen writer, director and producer, whose latest was being U.S. premiered that evening by the American Film Institute at the Kennedy Center. The film is "L'Arrache-Coeur" ("Heart-Break").
Mireille's husband, Vartkes Cholakian, was with her and is also in film work. His picture, "The Cage," was used by his wife as a film within her own film. They met as students at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, but both are Canadian.
An embassyite with a busy year ahead is Georges Lejer, congressional relations officer. "What I do is complex. Of course, I work mostly with staffers, promoting the interests of Canada. We will be following the campaigns of 1980 very closely, particularly the issues of the candidates. Canadians become very caught up in American elections, especially presidential."
The Towes have a large collection of Canadian art in the embassy rooms."Many of them are ours," said Mrs. Towe, "but mainly they are fine paintings selected by a team of experts in Ottawa. But we belong to Sam The Bear," she laughingly said pointing to a modern, marble sculpture of a polar bear in the foyer.
The Towes will stay here even though their prime minister recently changed. Bechard explained, "In America, with a change of presidency, all ambassadors automatically resign.But in Canada, all our embassadors are career diplomats, so changes in government don't affect their status.
Out in Potomac all is loverly lawns, white fences, tall columns and blooded horses. Even the weather is intimidated into acting like spring.
So it was at Mary Munroe's house filled with great antiques, oriental rugs and ancient needlework, when ladies working for the Homemaker Health Aid Service gathered for their benefit-planning luncheon.
The HHA provides home care for individuals or families in need and the money raising efforts for 1980 being Jan. 23 at the Swedish Embassy when Count and Countess Wachtmeister host the "gourmet gala," followed by a series of gourmet cooking courses given by several of Washington's finest chefs: Douglas McNeill of Four Seasons, Lydia Diaz Jasso of Rio Grande, Betty Groff of Groff's Farm, Pierre Fahlman of the Swedish Embassy, Bishue of Apana, Patrick O'Connell of The Inn, Germaine of Germaine's, Andrea Zunino of DaVinci's and Shaffi of Khyber Pass.
This is yet another of Scooter Miller's causes, joined by Candice Sherber (Dr. Herbert), Dorothy Marks (Leonard), Betty Ackerman (John), Joan Stetson (Edwin), Anne Richardson (Ambassador Elliot), Diana Shaffer (Charles), Ann Becker (Ralph), Jean Fangbonner (Hal), Betty May (Ernest), Lydia Preston (Col. William).