AS CHAIRMAN of the 1991 United Way campaign, James T. Brady is facing one of the most challenging six months of his life.
These are not the best economic times to raise $33.2 million, but here are few things last year's money bought: In Baltimore County, Meals on Wheels delivered more than 1,150 hot meals to senior citizens. In Harford County, nearly 100 retarded adults gained employment and independent living skills through the Association for Retarded Citizens. In Anne Arundel County, more than 8,100 people received emergency services from the Salvation Army of Annapolis. In Baltimore City, nearly 400 illiterate adults were trained by the Learning Bank.
I could go on listing services provided by the United Way of Central Maryland. This year's campaign begins Sept. 5 and runs through the end of January.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Animals are traditionally the most popular attraction at the Maryland State Fair. But this year, the cows, pigs and horses are getting some competition from a bevy of Legal Beagles. This is the third year for the popular Trial by Jury mock trials, which are sponsored by the People's Pro Bono Action Center and the Maryland State Bar Association.
What better way to get lawyers and judges in the mood than by throwing a party. Hosts for the evening were Stephen Nolan, president of Pro Bono Center's board of directors; Leonard Goldstein, the board's vice president; Paul Carlin, director of the Maryland State Bar Association; and Louise Michaux Gonzales, president of the State Bar Association. Others at the party were Herb Garten, Judge Tom Bollinger, Dennis McHugh, John Morris Jr., Timothy Sullivan, Roger Perkins, Judge Joseph McCurdy, Judge William Missouri, Paul Mark Sandler, Ed Shea Jr., Mindy Morrell, Carl Gold, Doug Hofstedt, and Frederick Balkin, Michael Gerace and Margaret Maupin, who were given special awards for their pro bono (free) legal work.
BITS AND PIECES: Congratulations to the Pabst Blue Ribbon people, who cashed in on the Russian coup the very week it happened. A huge billboard with Gorbachev's face, with PBR-ME-ASAP attracted lots of attention from folks driving north on York Road near Valley View Farms. Planned or pure luck, it was great timing . . .
Pardon me boys, but the Chattanooga Choo Choo will not be making a stop in Baltimore on its way to Tennessee. Two years of work by the Chattanooga Convention Bureau has gone down the drain, and the entire whistle-stop train trip has been canceled. The reason given was the inability of the Chattanooga Convention bureau to sell the remaining tickets and the withdrawal of support from a major sponsor.
KUDOS to the Charlestown Retirement Community for contributing more than 6,908 pounds of leftover food to Second Helping, a division of the Maryland Food Bank. Charlestown, located in Catonsville, bills itself as the largest life care retirement community in Maryland.
WEEKEND GLIMPSE: While many Marylanders will visit the State Fair this weekend, others will spend the weekend touring the most famous horse farms in Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties. The tour kicks off a week chocked full of celebrations ++ leading up to the sixth running of the Maryland Million races on Sept. 8 at Pimlico. Among those farm that will graciously accept visitors this weekend are Corbett, Ross Valley, Sagamore and Worthington Thoroughbred Farms in Baltimore County; Bowling Brook, Green Willow and Shamrock Thoroughbred Farms in Carroll County and Bonita, Country Life, Elberton Hill and Murmur Thoroughbred Farms in Harford County.
BIRTHDAYS: Oriole Frank Robinson, Saturday; WMAR-TV's Scott Garceau, Thursday; WPOC's Sheila Silverstein, Saturday; WQSR's Brad Murray, last Sunday.
OUR GUY FRIDAY
NAME: James T. Brady
CLAIM TO FAME: Chairman of the 1991 United Way Campaign.
WORK LIFE: Managing partner of Arthur Andersen & Co.
HOME LIFE: Wife, Fran, professional artist; son Jim, sportswriter; daughter Linda, musician.
PASSIONS: Reading, theater, golf, baseball, basketball.
HEROES: Bill Moyers, Tom Wolfe.
QUOTE: "Together, we are making a difference!" (1991 United Way Campaign theme).