What a thrill to attend the Living Legends of Aviation Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and to see a good friend, multi-talented Zoe Dell Landis Nutter, receive the Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award. We’ve known the lovely and attractive Zoe Dell a long time, beginning when we met her at an Aviation Hall of Fame affair, which meets once a year, to honor those who are very special in aerospace. Zoe Dell was one of those honored a few years ago and now, again in the limelight, on stage, getting lots of hand-clapping for all her good works in this world of high flyers.
Dayton, Ohio, was where we first met and our friendship continues. She bowed and told her story before the mic. Dressed in a designer gown of red sequins, once a dancer and model, always a philanthropist and a pilot, and who has logged more than 2,000 hours as a commercial multi-instrument pilot and who has flown many search and rescue missions with the Civil Air Patrol. She has travelled more than 100,000 miles by Pan-American clipper promoting air travel, and served as official hostess of the 1939 Golden Gate International Expo. Then the Nutters sold their company, Ellano Corp., which became a foundation of the jet engine division of General Electric.
It was a night to remember. Harrison Ford received the Legend’s Aviation Award. Oh, yes, Living Legends of Aviation is produced by Kiddie Hawk Air Academy.
Tops in Town
The hit parade began this month with Stormy Weather at the Pasadena Playhouse. It was a packed house as patrons clapped throughout this excellent musical. As if you didn’t know, it was the life of Lena Horne, conceived and written by Sharleen Cooper Cohen, with music by Cole Porter. Leslie Uggams was in the title role.
We remember the real Lena Horne when once upon a time she opened at the Coconut Grove in the Ambassador Hotel which had such challenging shows, and audiences enthused over other future treats. Kay Kyser, Benny Goodman and Rudy Vallee, etc. were headliners and we all clapped with enthusiasm. Sometimes our stars, in those days, left the stage and came down into the audience. There was even a table set for her and company.
This time, Horne takes the music world and Hollywood by storm. So good to see her come to life, and Ken Novice, Interim Managing Director, and Tom Ware, Producing Director, announced that Stormy Weather has surpassed Ray Charles Live, and Sister Act- The Musical, and as of now is the record holder for Advance Single Ticket sales prior to opening night. This is a huge success for artistic director Sheldon Epps.
Recently a reception for Painter/Composer Carol Worthey’s “Joy of Creativity” art exhibit was held at the elegant Art Salon of The Ebell of Los Angeles. A true Renaissance woman, Carol was a child prodigy in both composing and painting. At age five, Carol was admitted to adult classes at Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied anatomy, design, color theory, oil and watercolor for seven years. She began composing at 3 1/2 after being inspired by Leonard Bernstein, and when she was ten, had a work performed at Carnegie Hall.
Among the guests moved by Carol’s artwork were: General Consul of Belgium Geert Criel; President of the Ebell of Los Angeles, Kelley Nelson; Edwin Menendez of LACMA, and his wife Rebecca Menendez of the Autry Museum; 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking Lance Miller, and Immediate Past President of The Ebell Kay Lachter.
Guests were regaled by the vocal group Chairmen of The Chord and concert pianist Mary Au. To see Carol’s gallery of works and hear sound bites, do visit www.carolworthey.com.
Franceska Hecker (Mrs. Robert) who passed from these times so recently, leaving her many friends saddened by her departure. Franceska was a world-wide talent. On the social side, she loved life with her bubbly disposition and amazing grace. People gathered just to be there. She will be missed!