The Iowa delegates at the Democratic National Convention crowded into the famous Beverly Hills restaurant “Spago” at mid-day on Wednesday to eat gourmet pizza and hobnob with celebrities like Shelley Fabres and Mike Farrell. Anthony Edwards who plays Dr. Green on T-V’s “E-R” was there, too, chatting, posing for pictures and shaking hands. Christine Louscher of Algona spent several minutes talking with the star about his work for the group “Cure Autism Now” as her 25-year-old son is autistic.A few lobbying firms and other businesses like Aegon and Gateway paid for the Spago party on behalf of Sen. Tom Harkin. Harkin, who flew planes for the Navy, joked with Edwards, the actor, that he liked him best as the pilot in the movie “Top Gun”. Edwards quickly reminded Harkin that his character died in the movie. After some laughter, Edwards said he had to go to work on the sound stage to quote “kill somebody.” Harkin speaks tonight at the convention, and will use sign language during a portion of his address. Harkin’s late brother, Frank, was deaf.At least one of the Iowa delegates at the Democratic National Convention says it’s better to watch the event on T-V than see it in person. Laura Castro de Cortez of West Des Moines was born in Texas, but grew up in Mexico watching party conventions on American television.Castro de Cortez says the convention floor is segregated, with “peons” crowded and hot on the floor, while the upper class people are in air-conditioned skyboxes, sipping chardonnay and eating fancy food.Tom Henderson of Des Moines had one negative convention experience, too. He paid sixty dollars for a one-way cab ride.Henderson hadn’t expected to lay out that kind of cash after his experience at the 1996 convention in Chicago in which the prices were frozen at one fee.
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