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Inqlings: A match made in the stars - and stripes

Ben Betsy, and now I hear those crazy kids are fixin' to take the plunge over the July 4 holiday.

Ben Betsy, and now I hear those crazy kids are fixin' to take the plunge over the July 4 holiday.

The town's best-known Ben Franklin (

Ralph Archbold

) and Betsy Ross interpreter

Linda Wilde

have been linked since last September, and in an interview with The Inquirer in March mentioned their engagement.

Archbold, long-divorced, and Wilde, a widow, said they met Sept. 1 when Wilde talked Archbold into appearing at a wedding - a gig he usually shuns because he likes the bride to star. Archbold later needed a Betsy Ross, and Wilde stitched her own costume to cinch the job. They didn't return my phone call.




pay to get access to

Mayor Nutter

. The nonprofit Arc of Philadelphia/Philadelphia Developmental Disabilities Corp. (ARC/PDDC) has put a meet-and-greet with Nutter up for bid as part of the agency's third annual CharityBuzz Auction, now online via

» READ MORE: http://go.philly

. com/arcauction. Bidding yesterday was at $100; organizers placed its value at $500. Also up for bid are an autographed

Mickey Mantle

baseball (at $250 yesterday), a ride on the Zamboni at the Wachovia Center ($100), two tickets to a

Jimmy Buffett

concert at Madison Square Garden ($250), and a visit for two people, including dinner from Bookbinder's, in the studio with WIP's

Howard Eskin

(no bids yesterday).

Old City's Omni Hotel and some wedding vendors are auctioning a wedding package (135 people, couture gown, tuxes, Mexican honeymoon, photog, hair, makeup, etc.) valued at more than $50,000. The benefit for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is up at


, and yesterday awaited an opening bid of $20,000.

Movie magic

Pennsylvania's film-tax credits are bringing in more than just movies. Center City's Shooters Post & Transfer, which for years has done film and video production work, yesterday opened a $2.5 million digital cinema suite that will allow feature-film directors and directors of photography to finish their movies here, as well. Visual-effects supervisor

Mark Forker

, an L.A. import who runs the division, called DIVE, says he has 10 films in the works. He's adding special effects to the shot-in-Philly

Demi Moore


Parker Posey


Happy Tears

, and he's also working on

The Road


John Hillcoat's

shot-in-western- Pennsylvania adaptation of the

Cormac McCarthy

novel about a postapocalyptic society; stars include

Charlize Theron


Viggo Mortensen

. DIVE is adding snow and making Mount St. Helens "appear" outside a cave.

Briefly noted

Jennifer Hudson

, the

American Idol

alum appearing in the

Sex and the City

movie, will sing sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today on


show on WUSL (98.9).


Jackie Collins

, touring the country in a Harrah's bus, will make her first stop at Harrah's Chester on June 13, followed by Caesars Atlantic City the next day.


Parker Posey

and friends closing Morimoto Saturday after tackling the omakase menu. . . .

Vincent Pastore


Deborah Gibson

at the Pool at Harrah's Saturday, separately. . . .

Patti LaBelle

, surprised on her 64th birthday Saturday at Showboat's House of Blues by

Natalie Cole


Teddy Pendergrass


Sarah Dash

(originally of

Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles


Last week's ouster of

Chris Booker

and company from Q102 did not go unnoticed by actor

Mark Wahlberg

, a show regular when he was in town shooting

The Lovely Bones


The Happening

. I hear that Wahlberg, in the middle of a tour of the Vatican, called fired producer

Blaire Galaton

to offer condolences. Galaton told Wahlberg: "Tell the Pope 'What's up' and pray for me."