Last May, we mentioned that Richard W. Fisher, founder and manager of the local offices of Brown Brothers Har-riman & Co., a private banking firm, was a nominee to the board of the prestigious national Council on Foreign Relations Inc. The election was held in June, and Fisher was not selected. The private, nonprofit, non-partisan organization nominated 11 men to fill nine positions on its board of directors, and it looked as if Fisher had a decent chance of becoming the youngest member and the only Texan on the board. He was competing with such heavyweights as former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and was skeptical of his chances for being elected. Fisher said he was disappointed that he was not elected but optimistic that his nomination could mean that the East Coast foreign policy think tank might finally be realizing the significant role that the Southwest plays in the American economy and thus in world relations.

Denison native and veteran actor John Hillerman (Jonathan Higgins on Magnum, P.I.) was in town in late June to promote a $29.95 home video mystery movie that could land a novice sleuth $100,000 in prize money.

Money Hunt is the name of the mystery movie, and Hiller-man acts as narrator. The script contains clues about where the $100,000 prize money is hidden. The winner-the first person to solve the mystery and register the solution with the promoters-will be announced September 12.

Karl Home Video (the same company that produced the popular Jane Fonda Workout video) produced Money Hunt, and David Hemmings directed. The tape is available at local video stores.

Former Dallas resident Peyton Davis, who you might remember as a producer with KERA-TV and as a feature writer for the Dallas Times Herald, has turned her writing talents toward producing a musical comedy based on her book, FEDS, which is about government bureaucracy. ’ In 1980, Davis left Dallas for Washington, DC, where she currently writes speeches and is a public affairs specialist for the Environmental Protection Agency. She’s also a partner in Davis/Corrado Productions with Frank Corrado, a consultant and author of Media for Managers. He wrote the lyrics to the musical.

The pair previewed the comedy in June before an audience at George Mason University in Washington, DC. Davis says she’s currently showing the managers of Washington dinner theaters and playhouses a videotape of the preview in hopes that they will want to book the musical.

Davis says she doesn’t expect FEDS to be popular with audiences outside the nation’s capital, but she’s not giving up the idea that it could be adapted. FEDS is the story of a woman from Longview, Texas, and a man from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who land jobs with the Big Business Administration and soon learn the pitfalls of abiding by bureaucratic procedures.

There’s an interesting movement going on in Dallas, and it looks as though it could create a new generation of civic-leaders.

Two young people whose parents are among Dallas’ best-known civic leaders have put their heads together and formed FuturDallas, an organization for young professionals who are interested in learning more about the social and political issues that face the city.

Harold Montgomery is the son of Dr. Philip O’Bryan Montgomery, who is known for his work in creating the Dallas Arts District, and former City Plan Commissioner Ruth Ann Montgomery. Tori Thomas is the daughter of Gail Thomas, director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and Robert H. Thomas, an attorney and former president of the Dallas Bar Association.

The two began the fledgling organization last September, and since then the membership has grown to nearly 30. FuturDallas’ membership will be limited to 50, and each member will serve a three-year term. Although most of the members, who range in age from 23 to 29, appear to be well-heeled, Thomas says that FuturDallas is not a social group. “We want people who are genuinely interested in learning about the issues that affect Dallas and who are willing to work.”

An advisory board of established city leaders helps FuturDallas identify groups that need volunteer help and issues that are particularly important. In April, the members met with a panel of speakers representing organizations that help provide low-income housing in Dallas. This month, some of the members will be working in the Dallas Welcoming Committee’s phone bank during the Republican National Convention.

The rumor that the Starck Club might be closing soon and reopening as office space just isn’t true, says the club’s owner. Blake Woodall. He says his lease with the managers of the Brewery does give him the option to do so if the club starts losing money any time in the near future. So far, he says, the club is attracting just the sort of crowd he wants it to attract-fast, fun and unpredictable.


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