Among those attending were Kim and Marilyn Fletcher, Bill and Susan Rick, Alison and Jon Tibbitts, Ron and Patti Mix, Gordon and Karon Luce, Jim and Susan Laslavic, Eric and Diana Sievers, Annette Ford, Dottie and Patrick Haggerty, Ken and Dixie Unruh, Bob and Tommi Adelizzi, Larry and Junko Cushman, Jim and Dolly Poet, Rick and Susan Smith, Mel and Linda Katz, Bill DeLeeuw, and the gravel-voiced Ben Davidson, former pro football star and current spokesman for Miller Lite beer, which helped to underwrite the event. His presence may have inspired the guest who remarked that, compared to other roasts, this one had great taste, but was less filling.
A sizable crowd of homesick Midwesterners gathered last Thursday on the poolside terrace of the San Diego Hilton to toast both the leaves that are falling in their former hometowns and the Oct. 4 commencement of the Big Ten football schedule.
The second annual Back to the Big Ten party followed the format laid down last year by event founder and continuing chairman Don McVay, a Michigan State alumnus who invited any and all San Diego grads of the other Big Ten universities to set aside school rivalries and come frolic in the 11 bags of genuine autumn leaves his mother had air-expressed from the family farm in Hudson, Mich.
Guests were invited to dress as they did in college, which for many of the 400 or so in attendance meant letter jackets, and caps and sweat shirts flying the colors of such institutions as Northwestern University, the University of Iowa and Ohio State.
The fare ran to typical half-time grub, such as hot dogs, pretzels and cider, and the Patrick Henry High School Marching Patriots were on hand to play fight songs. The evening was capped by a pep rally held around a genuine set of goal posts (decorated with such Midwestern talismans as scarecrows and sheaves of dried cornstalks), and Nature contributed to the mood by sending an appropriately chill wind whistling off neighboring Mission Bay.
The committee was composed of graduates of the various Big Ten schools, including Jim Anderson, Jane Stein, Bob Ottilie, Jack Dostal, Martin McGuinn, Al Schein, Rick Roeder, Rosemary Chang, Michael Kissane, Rich Richley, Joe Gasperetti, Michael Barnes and William Engelbrecht.
The San Diego Jewish Academy benefited from a gala showing of the works of Israeli artist Calman Shemi, given the other day at Old Town's Circle Gallery.
About 300 guests, including the artist and Israeli Consul Ilan Elgar, turned out for the exhibition of "soft" paintings and works on paper; it proved to be rather a long day for Shemi, who spent the first part of it at the school working with the children. Leslie and Shlomo Caspi chaired the event, and Mayor Maureen O'Connor, who served as honorary chairman, declared the day "Shemi Day" in San Diego.
The guest list included Larry Lawrence, Barbara Cox, Jack and Carolyn Solomon, Andrew and Erna Viterbi, Jose Tasende, Josh and Pam Gruber, Michael and Susan Schwarz, Charles and Leslie Tiano, Raymond and Marilyn Padowitz, Ed and Fran Mendelsohn, and Rabbi Martin Lawson with his wife, Anita.