If 99 comes, can 100 be far behind? The jubilation was building the other evening when the Los Angeles area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 99th Inaugural Ball with a salute to the savings and loan industry. Thomas P. Kemp, senior vice president, Beatrice/U.S. Food (and the brother of Rep. Jack Kemp), will be in the forefront, as he was the other evening at the Century Plaza when he was "be-medaled" with the chairman's medallion by outgoing chairman Roy Anderson, retired chairman of Lockheed and United Way leader.
The town's movers and shakers came with their wives and ladies to salute savings and loans for their significance in California's home-building history. But as Dionne Warwick, the night's star entertainer, noted, "This doesn't look like the basic record-buying group." She teased, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained," then advised, "I'm going to give you a pearl of wisdom--it's worth a trip into the record store." She was touting "Looking Back at All the Good Times," the Anita Baker song she was about to sing--people who are nominated for four Grammy Awards, like Dionne, can be benevolent. Of course, she finished with "That's What Friends Are For."
Charles D. Miller, chairman and CEO of Avery International, had put the evening together, with his committee including John C. Argue, Ray Remy, Waldo H. Burnside, David R. Carpenter, H. Frederick Christie, Albert A. Dorman, Gerald D. Foster, James P. Miscoll, Joseph J. Pinola, Daniel D. Villanueva, Richard L. Weiss and Phillip L. Williams.
Accepting the industry recognition were Robert R. Dockson of CalFed Inc., attending with his wife and their daughter, Kim Rollo, and her husband, Bob. Salutes also were made to Ross M. Blakely, chairman, Coast Savings & Loan; Raymond D. Edwards, chairman, Glendale Federal Savings; James F. Montgomery, chairman, Great Western Financial; Richard H. Deihl, chairman, Home Savings of America. Tribute also was paid to Hugh H. Evans Jr., chairman, Western Federal Savings & Loan.
When Miller asked those in the audience to stand who had any association at all with a savings and loan, most of the crowd was on its feet. There were a few exceptions, mostly bankers, but they also have been honored in past years by the chamber, and attended in support. Among them were Pinola and his wife Dorie and Ed and Nadine Carson, all of First Interstate.
Kemp intends to focus chamber activities in 1987 on strengthening the chamber membership base and promoting job creation and economic growth. Ray Remy, the chamber's president, explained the chamber's six priorities: education, water, toxic and hazardous wastes, housing, job creation and transportation.
Among those at invitational pre-cocktail festivities were the William Schultes, the Albert Martins (he's a former chamber chairman, was leaving the next day for Down Under and was discussing how "the Fremantle Doctor"--the Australian winds that come up in the afternoon, creating short, choppy seas--will play a role in the America's Cup finals starting Saturday), the Richard Ferrys (back from Deer Valley and Vail), the Bud Kinneys (off to watch the ATT pro/amateur golf tournament at Pebble Beach).
More in the crowd were the Dennis Weavers, Bill (he's a former Chamber president, too) and Margaret (former county chief of protocol) Carr, John and Pamela Popovich, Anne and Roy Oliver. Councilmen Zev Yaroslavsky was table-hopping. More councilmen attending were Ernie Bernardi, Marvin Braude, Robert Farrell and Mike Woo, and numerous assemblymen and state senators.
FOREIGN BENT: As part of its membership drive for the International Film Society, the AFI Associates of the American Film Institute are sponsoring three major invitational Los Angeles premieres of foreign motion pictures. Each will be followed by a buffet supper hosted by the consul general of the country featured.
Ava Dexter Ostern, Associates president, and Pola Miller and Jacqueline Monash, co-chairmen of the International Film Society, are collaborating.
Particularly timely, what with the America's Cup, D. H. Lawrence's "Kangaroo," starring Oscar nominee Judy Davis and Australia's entry, will be screened Feb. 8, to be followed by a buffet supper hosted by Consul General of Australia Basil J. Teasey and Mrs. Teasey at their residence.
"The Scene of the Crime," starring Catherine Deneuve and Danielle Darrieux, France's entry, is scheduled for screening March 8. Afterward French Consul General Bernard Miyet and Mrs. Miyet will be hosts at their home.
Then, March 29, "My Life as a Dog," Sweden's entry, is combined with Swedish Consul General Margareta Hegardt's party at the Swedish residence. All screenings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the AFI/Mark Goodson Theater, 2021 N. Western Ave.
The committee for the innovative events includes Connie Austin, Barbara Berg, Molly Dolle, Rose Freeman, Dolly Gillin, Aileen Iannucci, Nel Jaffe, Mary Lansbury, Susan Leider, Kay Rehme, Rosalind Rogers, Marcia Ross, Jean Schaffner and Helene Tobias.