WE GOT A NOTE the other day, a mimeographed one albeit, from Warren Burger, who stepped down as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to head up the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. It was an invitation to be present at the beginning of the year-long celebration.
What intrigued us was that the invitation, all expenses paid if we so chose, on us if we were more fastidious, came not from Justice Burger but from Frank Wells, president of the Walt Disney Co. The entertainment company, it seems, had combined the occasion with the 15th anniversary of its own extravaganza, Walt Disney World at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and the chief justice had elected to go along.Thus, the program includes not only a press conference with Justice Burger but a visit to Sea World where there would be a lunch, special shows and a champagne reception in acknowledgement of Baby Shamu's first birthday. (We're not quite sure who Baby Shamu is, but then we don't get around as much as we should, probably.) Also interview opportunities are offered with Michael Eisner, chairman, and Roy Disney, vice chairman, of the Disney Co. aswell as Mr. Wells. That in advance of 15 years of fantastic fun starring the Four Tops, the Temptations, Miami Sound Machine, Crystal Gayle, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme and the Buddy Rich Orchestra. (We assume that Steve and Edie are a concession to our generation.)
There's more: hospitality southern style featuring "a down home, rootin'- tootin' country hoe down featuring everybody's favorite Florida cracker food, music and fun." Dolly Parton, Jimmy Buffet and Michael Jackson (on spectacular 3-D film.) Etc. etc.
We never really appreciated how sly those Constitution signers really were.