By Thomas K. Arnold
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Celebrities � Politics � Media
Diane Keaton, her two kids, her agent and her nanny drove to San Diego so the actress could host the Museum of Photographic Arts’ Lou Stoumen Prize for Photography Awards. Keaton spent the night at the Hotel del Coronado. Award recipients included Joel Meyerowitz, the New York state–commissioned photographer for the 9/11 tragedy, who picked up MoPA’s Century Lifetime Achievement Award.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the average zip code nationwide so far has brought federal candidates $15,369 in campaign contributions during the current election cycle. Many San Diego zip codes, however, have yielded far higher amounts than the national average, including downtown (92101), with campaign contributions of more than $500,000. The single biggest donor is American Specialty Health, which has given a total of $195,000 to the Republican National Committee. In second place is Andrew Cohen, owner of Pacific Foam, with contributions totaling $50,000 to the Democratic National Committee, followed by Sempra Energy, which has given the GOP $20,000.
The most generous zip code, not surprisingly, is Rancho Santa Fe (92067). There, the list of top donors is headed by attorney William Lerach, with a $250,000 gift to the Democrats. Close behind is Elizabeth Keadle of Invitrogen Corporation, who for the current election cycle has given the Democrats $245,000.
The San Diego Film Commission has lured another TV film crew to San Diego, this time to its own headquarters in the 23-story Executive Complex on Second Avenue downtown. Lifetime’s It’s a Miracle has filmed a reenactment of a survival story from the September 11 World Trade Center attack, using the Film Commission building’s stairwell and offices. The complex was built in the 1970s, just like the Twin Towers, and was offered to Lifetime at no cost. “We want the business and more opportunities for employment for San Diego freelancers and talent,” says film commissioner Cathy Anderson. “This is the way to do it.”
In the late 1960s, hometown pop hero Gary Puckett recorded “O Holy Night” with his band, the Union Gap, for inclusion on a compilation album of Christmas songs. Now Puckett—who in November 2000 moved to Florida from his longtime home in San Diego’s North County—has recorded an entire album of Christmas tunes. The CD, Gary Puckett’s at Christmas, costs $20 and can be ordered through his Web site, www.garypuckettmusic.com. The album has 14 tracks—including a new version of “O Holy Night.”
Speaking of erstwhile San Diego rock stars, Rosie Hamlin, who as part of Rosie & the Originals recorded the Top 40 smash “Angel Baby” in 1961, has become a painter and is selling her works on the Internet through her Web site, www.rosieandtheoriginals.com. Also for sale are autographed posters and CDs (including a new one, Angel Baby Revisited).
Hamlin was only 15 when the group’s first and only hit was recorded in an old airplane hangar in San Marcos. She had spent much
of her childhood in
National City. “Angel Baby” became a huge hit; years later, the song was covered by John Lennon.