When the life-loving media tycoon Malcolm Forbes was still with us, he led a party of corporate giants and assorted swells to his far-flung Chateau Balleroy in Normandy every year, there to go a-ballooning o'er field and stream. Since...

The dinner honored Louis V. Gerstner, IBM's chairman and chief executive officer, for his philanthropic support of the arts, and raised a record $1.4 million for the Met. Alfred C. DeCrane Jr., the chairman and chief executive officer of Texaco, was the dinner chairman, and the associate chairmen were Richard Gelb, the big man at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Thomas S. Murphy, the chairman of Capital Cities/ABC. Glorious Food served a lavish dinner for 875 guests, and Michael Carney played for the dancing.

Mercedes and Sid were the Golden Underwriters of the evening, and among the perfumed pack they invited were the exquisite Farah Pahlavi, Shabanou of Iran; Sid's parents, Nancy Lee and Perry Bass; Adele Chatfield-Taylor and John Guare; John Richardson; Georgette and Robert Mosbacher; Duncan McLaren; Betsy Bloomingdale; Beverly Sills; Oatsie Charles from Washington; Marian and Andrew Heiskell; Duane and Mark Hampton; Oscar de la Renta; Vivian Duffield and Jocelyn Stevens from London; Countess Marina Cicogna; Mica and Ahmet Ertegun; Linda Wachner; Barbara Walters; Chessy Rayner; Princess Firyal of Jordan, looking like a flower in pink silk; Shirley and Abe Rosenthal; Liz and Tassos Fondaras; Florence Grinda from Paris; Carroll Petrie; Judy and Alfred Taubman; Kenneth Jay Lane; the Leonard Lauders; the Ronald Lauders; Gil Shiva; Mary McFadden; Boaz Mazor; Maureen and Robert Oxenberg; Alex Gregory; Patricia Patterson; Anne and Vernon Taylor from Colorado; Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn; Bob Colacello; Fernanda and Frank Gilligan; Genevieve Faure and Alexander Marchessini, and such Texas friends as Peter Flood, Marsland and Dickie Moncrief, Gayle Hunnicut, the Edward Hudson Jrs., Kay and Ben Fortson, and more, more, more.
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