At the Sept. 30 three-quarter pole -- with the Dow Jones average at 2,452.48, down 300 points (11 percent) this year -- which of our readers are closest in our 1990 Dow Jones forecasting contest? (The winner enjoys dinner for two as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ticker at the winner's favorite restaurant, runner-up ditto for lunch. No decimals were allowed).
With three months to go, the closest in the reader contest are, in order: Anna Leonard, Baldwin, Md., 2,453; Tom Nolan, Havre de Grace, 2,450; Warren Boutilier, 2,450; Ron Ruark, Towson, 2,447; Richard Lioninsky Sr., 2,459; Leslie Feibelman, 2,459; Louise Smith, Havre de Grace, 2,460; Louise Dickinson, Towson, 2,460. All contestants are in Baltimore unless noted.
In our "expert" contest (bankers, brokers, investment advisers, media stars, etc.), the closest are, in order, newsletter writer Martin Zweig, 2,475; Gruntal & Co.'s Norbert Grunwald, 2,480; Carolyn Walpert, my long-suffering secretary (29 years), 2,500; Legg Mason's Robert Fisher, 2,500; investment adviser Robert G. Wood, 2,520; "Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser" producer Rich Dubroff, 2,524.