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Blackstone's Big Night

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Blackstone's Big Night

The real estate players came out to play last night at several simultaneous events—such as Transwestern's huge TrendLines conference, which we'll be covering over the next few days; a cool green building demo from Perkins + Will; and a Natwar Ghandi speech at DCBIA. But also last night, Blackstone founder Pete Peterson came to the Economic Club of Washington only hours after Equity Office shareholders accepted its offer for a $39 billion buyout, and here follow snapshots from our camera as we table-hopped at the Four Seasons.


Blackstone's Big Night
Economic Club President Vernon Jordan, left, revealed that WETApresident Sharon Rockefeller had babysat Pete Peterson's 5 kids for all of $2 an hour when she was 13 years old, but said that after the Equity Office buyout, she had come to collect "her share." Peterson demurred in answer to a question whether the red-hot commercial real estate market is sustainable, saying strategy is being devised by co-founder Steve Schwartzman and real estate head Jon Gray. But, he added, "If anyone wants to buy a building, please let me know." (By the way, Jordan welcomed members in his speech by saying, "My name is Vernon Jordan, and I am a mainstream black man, who is articulate, bright, good looking, and clean.")

Blackstone's Big Night
Practicing their dance revue at the Blackstone dinner were J Streetfounder Bruce Baschuk, GVA Advantis CEO emeritus Petch Gibbons, and Perseus Realty chairman Bob Cohen. Actually, they'd never heard of Blackstone and were looking for the Barnes, Morris, Pardoe & Foster table.

Blackstone's Big Night
Testing seat designs for Nationals Stadium before Peterson spoke wereClark Construction CFO Dale Rosenthal, Lerner Enterprisesprincipal Bob Tanenbaum, and former Councilwoman Charlene Drew Jarvis.

Blackstone's Big Night
Single-handedly trying to bring two corporate cultures together is Chevy Chase Bank chairman Frank Saul, center, standing between CB's Ernie Jarvis and former Trammell Crower Art Santry.

Blackstone's Big Night
These CB/Trammell folks are everywhere now, aren't they? Here, top CB brokers Scott Frankel and Roberta Liss help psyche up Rand Construction founder Linda Rabbitt to give away a daughter in marriage this April. Linda is much too young to be a mother-in-law, so we're sure we got this wrong. But wish her good luck anyway!