"It's totally nonpolitical."
That's what Grant Tinker, NBC board chairman and chief executive officer, said Saturday in describing the brunch he gave for about 500 people at the Four Seasons Hotel. "It's a chance to say hello to friends in Washington."
The Washington pals included Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, presidential counsel Fred Fielding, Attorney General William French Smith, and presidential counselor Ed Meese. And from NBC News: Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Marvin Kalb and Chris Wallace. But the real stars were Pierce Brosnan from "Remington Steele," Nell Carter from "Gimme A Break," David Hasselhoff from "Knight Rider" and Ricky Schroder from "Silver Spoons."
For his party Tinker got only the best.
Best shoes: David Hasselhoff's snakeskin boots. "It's boa, actually," Hasselhoff said.
Best appreciation of the glitz and eats: Larry Grossman, president of NBC News, who, when asked about the frequency of parties like this one, said, "I just came to NBC, so I don't know about the past. I was at PBS and we didn't do things like this there."
Best overheard honesty: Fred Fielding talking to another guest, "I'll be glad when this weekend is over."
Best reason for standing in the cold for three hours outside the hotel with an Instamatic in hand: "He looked real good," said Diane Broustein, 17, from Silver Spring, after she saw David Hasselhoff drive up.
Best star scene: Ricky Schroder walking up to Cap Weinberger and Tom Brokaw. Schroder smiled at Brokaw, stuck out his hand and said, "I watch you all the time!" Brokaw grinned. Weinberger headed for the door. Asked about the kid he was just with, he said, "Yeah, who was that?"
Most enthusiastic guest: Ricky Schroder, who "will be 15 in April." What does he think of Ronald Reagan?
"I love him. He's great. I mean, I think he's doing a great job."
And from Pierce Brosnan, most diplomatic answer to any question:
Question: Are you a Ronald Reagan supporter?
Answer: "I think it's lovely weather you're having here."