Thirty-two governors met for dinner Monday at City Tavern on the eve of the National Governors Association conclave, but California's Arnold Schwarzenegger instead shared stogies with his old buddy Harry Jay Katz of East Falls.
Katz, a socialite and semiretired man about town, says he got a call from Schwarzenegger at 10:15 p.m. as his plane landed.
"Harry, find me a cigar bar in Philly," Katz says he told him. (Not that Schwarzenegger can't light up back home. California's smoking laws are stricter than Philadelphia's, but there are still cigar bars there.)
Shortly before 11, Schwarzenegger and his administrative assistant rolled up to Mahogany (1524 Walnut St.) in a Hummer. He joined Katz and his girlfriend, Debra Renee Cruz, in a private room surrounded by security staff. They spent the couple of hours reminiscing. (Katz picked up the tab, which included Schwarzenegger's two Courvoisier XOs at $23 each.) To prove Schwarzenegger's strength: Katz says Schwarzenegger knows that he and Shriver dated when she was an intern at KYW-TV in the late 1970s. Katz says Trudy Haynes fixed them up. Katz attended their 1986 wedding.
Schwarzenegger had been on the "yes" list for Ed Rendell's welcome dinner at City Tavern. For that matter, so was Sarah Palin.