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September 8, 2008

Have we got fun for you at our Fall Real Estate conference with 5 top developers and 5 top brokers. Developer Mitchell Schear will be posing the questions to the broker panel, and a soon-to-be-named superstar broker will ask questions of the developer panel. Thanks to great sponsors RBS Citizens Bank, Group Goetz Architects, Holland & Knight, and Reznick Group. Sept.18, 7-10 AM. See details and sign up!


Commercial real estaters filled the Warner Theater Saturday night for the "Washington Doo-Wop concert of the century" in memory of Studley's beloved Ed Geisinger, and (for those old enough—most were) to re-live legendary sounds of the 50's and 60's. The event raised $600k for the great Lombardi Cancer Center. We were there ostensibly to take some photos but mostly to learn "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" Answer: You'll have to keep reading to find out.


In a major fashion faux pas, the four event co-chairs all wore the same outfit. Nah, they were given these groovy 1950's white jackets for their hard work—and get to keep them! So be prepared to see the tux scene change a bit in coming years as they try to use them. Above, Studley's Steve Goldstein, Paul Schweitzer, and Jack Schneider (reading), with Newmark's Paul Chandler second from right clutching a special lifetime achievement award. However, he was giving it out, not receiving it.


The recipient was sportscaster George Michael. You know him as host of The George Michael Sports Machine, but he was also one of the original "Boss" jocks spreading the magic of doo-wop during the 1960's. As he reminded us, many of our parents contributed to the baby boom while listening to the music of The Duprees. Thanks for the image, George.


Young rockers: DLA's Jay Epstien, Studley vice chair Lois Zambo, Vornado/Charles E. Smith chief Mitchell Schear, and co-host Jack Schneider. Here's the problem with a Doo-Wop concert: All weekend you can't get the tunes out of your head. WARNING: Don't listen to this song the Duprees did in 1962 or you will be humming it all day, annoying many of your friends and colleagues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqYSBT9-d88.   


Terry Johnson of the Flamingos and Herman Santiago of Frankie Lymon's Legendary Teenagers. Check out Herman in this 1956 television performance. In the video, Herman is on the right, with a close-up at 2:35. We're having some trouble doing the arithmetic regarding his current age, but he seems to have down the Dick Clark secret of youth.


Vito Picone and Nino Amato of Vito Picone and the Elegants. Vito told the crowd he last played DC in 1958. Fifty years later, "I'm back by popular demand." Indeed, 50 years ago this week they had the #1 song in America: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unxttYrdy-w.


The event's presenting sponsor Marvin McIntyre of Smith Barney, left, with Crocs chairman (yes, the shoes) Rick Sharp, and Director of the Lombardi Cancer Center Dr. Louis Weiner. Unless you think Sharp's just a shoemaker, by the way, he also used to be chairman of Circuit City and CarMax. If you're still reading, and already humming one of the previous songs, the only known antidote is to listen to another song (with the risk you'll start humming that).  Anyway, try this one from Barbara Harris and the Toys, who was also with us Saturday night, singing a mere 42 years ago here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcdZKntM6lU. And stop humming, for Pete's sake. 

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