Good will coaxed industry types out into a sultry New York summer night Thursday to celebrate the 1998 Goodwill Games, which take place in Gotham a year to the date.
The bash in Rockefeller Center’s summer garden was thrown by Time Warner, whose Turner Sports puts on the Goodwill Games. Top brass Gerald Levin, Ted Turner and Dick Parsons played host to an impressive crowd, including sports luminaries like New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, world decathlon champion Dan O’Brien and skater Michelle Kwan. Entertainment types included CNN’s Larry King, New Line’s Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne, Atlantic Group co-chair Val Azzoli, Jane Fonda, Norman Pearlstine, Regis Philbin and Neil Sedaka.
But quietly stealing the scene were actors in Olympic costume who stood in statue-like poses on pedestals, remaining perfectly motionless for hours in the blazing heat.
“We are going to make it fly,” an enthusiastic Turner, who founded the games in 1986, told guests, including the U.N.’s good will ambassador, Harry Belafonte.
Finally, Quincy Jones introduced Atlantic recording artists Hootie and the Blowfish, who played a handful of their better-known tunes as the sun went down.