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Published March 20, 2006
Kristin Ianiero left her job at PR firm MWW Group for romance. When she was working the Torino Games for Bank of America, she told it this way: “My boyfriend, Nick Adams, scheduled a Feb. 16 visit, but he came on the 14th. I was getting ready for dinner out after a long day’s work when he called to me. He was on the veranda among plants and flowers. The Torino vista was magnificent; the sky was filled with stars. Music wafted in from the Swiss Hospitality House next door. Nick was waiting with six red roses. After a wonderful speech, he proposed. In Italy; on Valentine’s Day! Later we had a romantic dinner of homemade pasta and wine. We walked along Via Po and Via Roma taking pictures and enjoying our special day.” Adams is a Charlotte schoolteacher; Kristin left Jersey to be with him.
|Stair master: Global Crossing CEO John Legere ran
to the top of the Empire State Building in 17:10.
Actor Rob Schneider got batting lessons from Willie Mays and Barry Bonds, drilled a couple of shots into the outfield, took infield and ran bases with the Giants while filming “Benchwarmers,” an ESPN2 special also starring David Spade and Jon Lovitz set for April 2, directly after the season opener.
Ron Blomberg, the first designated hitter in baseball history and the first prominent Jewish Yankee, wrote “Designated Hebrew: The Ron Blomberg Story” (Sports Publishing), co-written by Dan Schlossberg. Former Yankee PR director Marty Appel wrote the foreword. … We are living in “a Golden Age” for Jewish baseball players, according to Shel Waxman and Ephraim Moxon of the Jewish Sports Review. Between 1982 and 1989 there was only one Jewish MLB player, Mark Gilbert of the White Sox. In 2005, Brad Ausmus, Craig Breslow, Scott Feldman, John Grabow, Shawn Green, Adam Greenberg, Al Levine, Mike Lieberthal, Jason Marquis and Scott Schoeneweis played. Gabe Kapler, Kevin Youkilis and Adam Stern were in the same Red Sox lineup. … Jewish Major Leaguers, the company that issued a card set of 142 Jewish players two years ago, updated it with 55 new cards, including Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss (pioneer of the modern World Series), Max Patkin, Mel Allen, Bud Selig, Marvin Miller and Donald Fehr. … MSG broadcaster Spencer Ross has been calling games for 40 years, but this year he recorded a first. He interviewed two Jewish coaches on the same pregame show, Lawrence Frank (Nets) and Larry Brown (Knicks).
|Columnist Maria Sharapova supplied Smash
Magazine with a photo from her 18th birthday.
Round the horn: No ghostwriter for Maria Sharapova. She is a columnist for Smash, a new youth tennis magazine. For the first regular issue, she dug through her photo albums for shots of her visits to the Great Wall, the Louvre and Red Square. In the most personal shot she’s cutting her 18th birthday cake last April in Valencia, Spain. To the surprise of editor James Martin, “She even wrote the captions.” … It took Global Crossing CEO John Legere 17 minutes, 10 seconds to run up the 86 floors of the Empire State Building. He finished 87th in the annual run-up. German winner Thomas Dold finished in 10:19.
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