Inauguration week record is kept up to date, here's the skinny on Frank Sinatra at the Italian Embassy Thursday night:
He sat between Maria Pia Fanfani, wife of Italy's former prime minister, and Ginny Milner, of the California contingent, at the table presided over by Ambassador Rinaldo Petrignani.
Sinatra's fellow clansman Dean Martin kept up a running conversation with Nancy Rosebush, wife of Nancy Reagan's chief of staff James Rosebush.
"I said, 'I was born in the '50s so I wasn't aware of that Rat Pack group. Did you name it and was it a fun thing?' " Nancy Rosebush said of her conversation with Martin. She was at a party last night cohosted by Interior Secretary William P. Clark and his wife, Joan, and J. Jackson Walter, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
"Dean said, 'We didn't name it, the press named it. Sinatra and I were talking about that Washington Post article and there wasn't one word of truth in it,' " Rosebush added.
Elsewhere in the tented annex to Decatur House, where baked ham, brisket of beef and oysters on the half-shell provided sustenance for 400 guests, Jayne Ikard talked about a Sinatra the media never see.
"We have never had but the most pleasant experience with this man," she said. "He's always friendly, outgoing and delightful."
Nancy Dickerson said it greatly bothered her and her escort, Texas millionaire William Moss, that they had to regret the Super Bowl party Sinatra and his wife Barbara are giving Sunday. They had already accepted the Super Bowl party Vice President George Bush and his wife Barbara are giving.
Others at last night's party, underwritten by the Shamrock Corp. of Texas and its chief executive officer, William H. Bricker, included Edwin Meese, James A. Brady III, Canadian Ambassador Allan Gotlieb, Carolyn Deaver, Clement Conger, Caspar Weinberger, Rose Mary Woods, Rep. Robert Lagomarsino of California and Holmes Tuttle, the man who discovered Ronald Reagan in 1964.
"Kingmaker? No, I'm not," said Tuttle, a wealthy Los Angeles automobile dealer who first met Reagan in 1946 when he was married to Jane Wyman. A member of Reagan's so-called kitchen cabinet -- "That's a misnomer. That's newspaper people" -- he was equally defensive on the subject of the "Reagan rich."
"The people who surrounded Ronald Reagan are all self-made men," he said. "That's what Ronald Reagan is trying to preserve. Why, I came from Oklahoma and I didn't have 30 cents in my pocket, but under the system, I was able to achieve. There's even more opportunity today."