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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 The Palm Beach Post nc SECTION D INSIDE SEASON TO SHARE Generous people are helping make holiday wishes come true for local families. PAGE 5D REDUCING HEART RISKS Look for crackers and cookies that aren't made with potentially dangerous trans fats. HEALTH NEWS, PAGE 6D Palm Beach County Living 1 1 ACCENT r i Forget engraved place cards and perfect flowers. Sally Quinn, queen of Washington society, says: Ron Wiggins (5v $5 At PBCC, t" s I- enough to buy broader mind o f V, V. i. t r i ho) . - J i If Back when the Earth's crust was still forming and I was in college, I promised myself that one day I would attend classes if only I could avoid actual study. Now I find that for the past 23 years I could have been attending non-credit classes at Palm Beach Community College through the Etta Ress Institute of New Dimensions. That off-putting title, by the way, means no homework, no exams, $5 at the door. (Classes meet once a week and range from two to eight weeks. You can pay ahead or $5 per session. Call 439-8186 or 434-5073.) I signed up. I attended a lecture on the United States' role in the 21st century. What I learned in that brief hour dwindled to insignificance beside what I taught my wife. I taught her not to say: "What did you learn in school today?" "I learned that we are witnessing the rise and fall of the U.S. as a superpower." "Says who?" asked Nellie, her hackles rising and falling at such heresy. "Dr. Hal Schaffer. He gives a two-hour course. In the first lecture he warns that, internationally speaking, the U.S. will no longer be the tail that wags the dog." "You're about to repeat the whole lecture aren't you?" she asked, her eyes glazing dully. " "Just the highlights, 20 minutes tops," I said, taking out my notes and pouring myself a glass of water. "Schaffer's background is education, but he's a pacifist and a world federalist." "So now you've been brain-washed by a , Peacenik one-worlder? Well, go ahead and tell me all about how future generations will have their marching orders shouted down from bullhorns a'tached to black helicopters." "In the first place, Schaffer is a proud ex-Marine Corps veteran of the Korean conflict. Through his studies, he has become a self-described change agent. He says international boundaries are becoming meaningless. All countries will one day submit to international law, ours included." "What the devil does that mean?" Nellie asked, as she snapped open the ironing board. "Can you fold and talk at the same time?" "I think our options are covered in the final lecture," I said, removing from the basket some pink jockey shorts I had washed with a red sweatshirt. "But in the first hour, Schaffer explained that because of our wealth, the U.S. became a world power, but we can't afford to be world cop." "Can you boil this down?" "Certainly," I said. "The European powers took turns ruling the roost. Then it was our turn." "The real winner of the Cold War," I continued, "was paranoia and the military-industrial complex. The loser was education, health care and transportation." "Baloney," Nellie said. "We defeated communism." "That's what several WWII vets and a woman who remembers the war said during the class, and quite passionately." "So are you going to the final lecture Tuesday?" Nellie asked. "Going? I'm bringing the rope." MARK MIRKOStafT Photographer Digital video disc machines, on display at Best Buy in West Palm Beach, are being manufactured by more than a dozen companies. Digital video vivid, but is it here to stay? By Douglas Kalajian Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Every leap of home-entertainment technology demands a leap of faith. From Edison cylinders to 78-rpm records, from LPs to CDs, from radio to television, people believed they were investing in something good and lasting. Of course, so did the people who invested in Betamax video recorders or 8-track audio systems with Quadraphonic sound or laser discs. Taking the spotlight now is the latest marvel of the video age, the digital video disc, which delivers stunning pictures and sound in the now-familiar shape and size of a compact disc. Unlike the 12-inch laser discs, DVDs are easy to handle, don't have to be turned over in midmovie and can be stored in common CD boxes or racks. While they look like CDs, DVDs hold about seven times as much information, which leaves room for several versions of each movie: regular screen, widescreen, foreign dubbings, subti- -ties. Some include scenes with alter- nate camera angles and a director's commentary. A few offer multiple rat- ings choices, for adult or family view-1 ing. : The picture is vivid, almost three- dimensional. Sound is not only CD quality, the effects are theater-like because they are delivered through six I entirely separate channels rather than decoded from two. "If you see a demonstration on a large screen, and get to hear it in your! home with a Surround Sound setting, t it's dramatic," said Bob Ankosko, execf utive editor of Stereo Review magazine "It's like bringing the movies home. It's really hard to beat once you get a Z taste of it." ; For years, DVD was the video- phile's version of cold fusion, a tantalizing theoretical possibility that was al- Z ways just around the corner. The real thing appeared this spring in a big way. More than a dozen manufacturers brought DVD players to the market, all compatible with each other and with existing audio CDs. Since then, sales of the $400-to-$l,000 machines have topped 200,000 and are expected to reach 400,000 before the holiday buying season ends. Please see DVD&9 ; . THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 'Making your guests feel uncomfortable because everything has to be just right defeats the whole purpose,' says Sally Quinn, lunching in Miami recently. 'A narcissist cannot be a good hostess.' 'Some of the best parties I've been to are where you end up eating spaghetti in large, which means "he schmoozes and hangs out, " Sally says. My kinda gig. Quinn was in South Florida recently ("I'm going to have black beans tonight wherever I eat") to plug her latest book The Party: A Guide to Adventurous Entertaining (Simon & Schuster, $24). Yes, hard-core Sally Quinn dubbed "Poison Quinn" by Norman Mailer for her searing profiles and take-no-prisoners party coverage in the early 70s has brought forth a hostess guide. But there are no table-setting diagrams here, no rules about flower arrangements. Meet the antithesis of Martha Stewart. Sally Quinn. Once the omnipotent purveyor of in-the-loop party gossip folks swear the former Washington Post society writer could predict who'd be fired the next day just by who sat where at a D.C. dinner Quinn has become the hostess on The Hill. And not because of Stewart-inspired perfection, or the illusion therein. But more so for just being real. Doesn't hurt, either, when your husband's Ben Bradlee. Post editor for more than two decades. Mr. All the President's Men. And now the newspaper's vice prez at lUNH Loretta Grantham Please see LORETTAZD How to party like Sally. Page 7D P What are DVDs? And speaking of parties ... Havin' a great time? Keep Society Snapshots in mind V KM B Digital video discs are similar to compact discs but hold seven times as much information. B Each disc can hold several versions of each movie (regular screen, wide-screen, foreign dubbings, subtitles, adult or family) as well as more video and sound detail. B Picture quality is sharper than videotape. Sound quality is also superior, particularly on special effects. B Searching, freezing and other functions are faster and easier than with a VCR, and there's nothing to rewind. B DVD players won't replace VCRs. Current versions can't record, and DVD movies can't be copied onto tape. B The players sell for $400 to $1,000. In addition, a receiver equipped with Dolby digital signal processing is necessary for full sound effects. That's about $600. j. sr : f ' .ti' ::,-V;lj L I I il i n J Jenny McCarthy, the hottest mouth in showbiz, visits the hottest mouth in the biz-biz, Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago. (Why does he get all the girls?) And Jeb Bush (who would like to get all the votes he's running for governor) makes amusing faces with developer E. Llwyd Ecclestone Jr. at an Enterprise Development Corp. breakfast at The Breakers. And we have it on film. Not at 11. Now! Yes, the season is here. That means it's time for the return of Society Snapshots. Ours is a modest goal: to publish photographic slices of party life in our community. If you have candid photos of people having fun, send them in. The address: Society Snapshots, Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-2400. Party on! Society Snapshots, Page 3D. HO, HO, HO, HELP! We're cooking up some special holiday goodies, and we need your help: ORNAMENT STORIES: Do you have a Christmas tree ornament that's been in your family for years or that has special significance? Tell us about it, and include a picture if possible. Send letters, postmarked by Monday, to: Holiday Ornaments, Accent Department, The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24696, West Palm Beach, Fla. 334164696 DO YOU LOOK LIKE SANTA (or know someone who does)?: Send us a photo of your nominee. Include your name and phone number, and the name and phone number of your nominee by Wednesday to: Santa Look-Alikes, Accent Department, The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24696, West Palm Beach, Fla. 334164696 ' i . - J Photo by LUCIEN CAPEHART PHOTOGRAPHY I ij j Photo by DAVIDOF bFUDIOS r

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