As flashy a bunch of Angelenos we're likely to see all year choppered south last week for cocktails in a tent staked near MacArthur Boulevard at the San Diego Freeway.
The occasion was a kickoff party for the as-yet-unbuilt Sports Club/Irvine, tossed by club developers Nanette Pattee Francini, Michael Talla and mega-millionaire Marvin Davis (who's so rich he has a guy with him who says things like, "If you write about Mr. Davis, just call him a 'businessman'! Don't write 'tycoon' or 'billionaire' or any of that nonsense!").
But rich we've got in Orange County--no big deal. What we don't have in excess is brand-name fame--and that's what separated last Thursday's bash from all the other fancy parties for the status-aware.
Mingling with more than 900 invitation-only guests were mountainous Lakers heroes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Earvin (Magic) Johnson; impossibly handsome Oscar-winner Sidney Poitier; his bulky Hulkness Lou Ferrigno; Olympic gold-medal decathlete Rafer Johnson, and aspiring actress Cornelia Guest.