For those of you with desk diaries extending into the next century, the Millennium Society will be holding a truly special New Year's Eve party on Dec. 31, 1999. To launch the new millennium, the Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner has been booked to carry the society's revelers to Egypt to see the year 2,000 in at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Cheops.
With the big event only 15 years away, the first 10 official invitations have already gone out. President Reagan, who will be 88 that year, has been invited "for his faith in young leadership." The society says he has accepted the invitation. Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, who also organized the Olympics, has been invited "for the celebration of sport," and has accepted.
The other invitees are actor George Burns, who will then be just short of his 104th birthday, invited for his "immortal laugh"; megabuck director Steven Spielberg "for his magic"; astronaut Kathryn Sullivan; anthropologist Richard Leakey; Mitsubishi Research Institute chairman Masaki Nakagima; Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu; rock singer Bruce Springsteen; and Prince Harry -- little Hank, Prince Charles and Princess Diana's second child, who needs some recognition too.
Washington has been chosen as the kickoff site for the first Millennium Society countdown ball this New Year's Eve at the National Press Club.