Wednesday, June 30, 1999

Cocktails with Courtney ~ June 99

Tery Spataro (, COO of Blue Dingo, wrote in a lovely recap of the June "Cocktails with Courtney."
"With a blue moon in the sky, love or lust was certainly in the air at Courtney Pulitzer's cocktail party at Dolphins. Maybe it was the heat of the day, which turn the well to do techno-junkies into wanting more than bits and bytes. Courtney drew a handsome crowd of men and women! While we all spoke so passionately about our companies, products and services the eye contact from across the room was intensely felt. Thank goodness was there! A note to self there's more than business transactions taking place at Cocktails with Courtney! The woman, who shakes and stirs the industry, also has an art for mixing and matching!"

Thanks Tery! You can add your comments or reactions too on my bulletin board on-line at:

I must say, the turnout was terrific for the party on the last day of June. Stacey Schrader of Writers House created quite a pretty picture in her lovely creamy silk suit as she drove me over in her new silver Audi. Sharon Greenberg and Jasmine Thompson of Paladin Staffing, Andrew Duncan of EMC2 and Wes Horvath of Flycast Network came early and enjoyed some of the first glasses of chilled wine, compliments of Gundlach Bundschu vineyards. ( Once again there was a major reunion at the party (which is becoming a frequent occurrence) when Marina Kolesnik of and Michael Zaitsev of vIntranet met up with Vladimir Bernstein of buddies who hadn't seen each other in two years! William Ryan of the hot PR firm Niehaus Ryan Wong was still in town and came by with Laura Hamilton, the NY office's managing director. Laura introduced me to Mark Modzelewski (who I'd met at a previous "Cocktails") and who just started with their firm.

Dynamic recruiter (currently contracting at Organic Online) came over & filled me in on how Organic is doing, (growing!) Even Matt Toner (formerly of the CanApple program) resurfaced, but was still hyper-exclusive in telling me what he's up to. I will say tho', the cartoon on the back of his card is hysterical. It's a picture of a man on the phone saying, "No, Thursday's out. How about never…is never good for you?"! Jeff Newelt (The Ad Club) and Roy Anderson (, Anne Chelius (Chrysalis Computer), and Regina Raiford of Buildings magazine also were guests. Anthony Richard of Globix, Scott Hall of Stream, and Steve Ward of came out too. Matt Wachinski (WorldSpy), Robert Robinson (, Christopher Van Buren (, Peter Warrick (, Gwynne Beatty ( and Philippe Schaack (Urban Utility Center, Polytechnic U.) and Travis Gering (Wuersch & Gering) added to the mix that enjoyed calamari and mussels throughout the night as well.

Gabriel Synder of The New York Observer and Paul Maxim of Independent News Service attended --but unlike me were not writing about the party scene! Jonathan Perkel once again cracked up the guests with his witty humor. Attorney Steve Filler, Tery Spataro (, Bob Ponce of, Seth Price of FreeRide, Lou Giacolone (Richmond Research) and Richard Frazer (Cowan Financial) and Rich de Sanctis ( were some of the regulars who enjoyed the party. Wendy Cai of introduced herself and Gavin McFarland (Inet Specialist), Barbara Frerichs (Consultant), Scott Sassoon (Illusion Fusion) and Jarret Summers (iXL) came for their first CWC. Jay Sulzberger, a regular poster on the WWWAC list, came and wowed the guests with his Jerry Garcia/Einstein-like look and fury of wisdom. By the end of the night, Stacey was juggling lemons, my cousin was enjoying a steak, Amy Brownstein of KPE was my new PR personal agent ("You oughta be in pictures") ; ) and my escape car was Brad Paley's hot black Porsche. Wheeeeeeee!