Legg Mason's Ford named one of 10 best stockbrokers

SYLVIA BADGER

August 19, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

What an incredible honor to be considered one of the top 10 stockbrokers in the country. And what's even better is that the honor goes to Legg Mason's investment executive Harry Ford Jr., who has been with that company for 27 years.

Ford, who lives in Lutherville, is one of the stockbrokers featured in "The Winner's Circle: How Ten Stockbrokers Became the Best in the Business," written by R. J. Shook and Robert L. Shook. The chapter on Ford begins with an anecdote about a day in October 1987 when the stock market took its worst tumble in recent years.

There was bedlam in most investment offices, but to add to the confusion at Legg Mason, the fire alarms went off and everyone was leaving the building. Not Ford, who called out, "You can leave or stay and roast with me," as he remained behind to make sure his clients' computerized records were safe.

He's described by those who work with him as a "genuinely nice guy, who deserves the recognition."

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The picking will be anything but slim when the Virginia Slims Shopping Fling comes to town Oct. 1-4. Two hundred of the best-known names in the fashion business will ship more than 20,000 items to Festival Hall for the hottest fall shopping extravaganza ever to hit Baltimore.

Imagine being able to buy the latest designs by Albert Nipon, Cynthia Steffe, Cynthia Rowley, Jeffrey Schwaiger from Mevisto, Tracy Reese from Magaschoni, Anna Sui, Scassi -- I could go on and on -- at 50 percent below retail prices.

Tickets are $5 at the door, or if you'd like to attend a sneak preview reception for $25 a person, call (800) 849-0248 to reserve tickets. Proceeds are earmarked for Lifesongs for AIDS Inc.

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"Randy Milligan's Baseball Festival" is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pikesville Hilton. Milligan and his wife, ReNee, have established the Randy Milligan Charitable Fund with the Baltimore Community Foundation, because they are committed to helping inner-city children. They are particularly interested in keeping the Forest Park Little League program alive. "My experience in Little League allowed me to develop both an interest in baseball and confidence in my ability," said Randy.

The festival includes appearance by Orioles teammates Sam Horn, Elrod Hendricks, Mike Devereaux, Arthur Rhodes, Alan Mills and Mark McLemore. There will also be baseball cards, live auction, door prizes, a kids corner, grab bags and an autograph session, so stop by.

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Two years ago Bruce Hoffberger, Maryland Insurance Group vice president, and Robert Manekin, Manekin Corp. vice president, went to New York armed with all the reasons why the Jewish Community Centers should hold the 1992 Maccabi Youth Games aka the "Jewish Olympics" in Baltimore.

Obviously, they were persuasive, because 2,600 athletes from 50 North American cities and seven foreign countries will be in Baltimore from Aug. 23 to Aug. 30 to participate in the games.

Others who made this a reality are general chair of the games Morton Plant, chairman of Keywell Corp.; Myrna Cardin, who has done a splendid job housing all the athletes; Hanan Sibel, who convinced the Baltimore community to host the games; James Smith, who coordinated the athletic activities; and Bobby Levine, who contacted sponsors like Ken Trout, president of Signet Bank, and Boogie Weinglass, Merry-Go-Round owner.

I'm told all eyes will be on Kelly Margolis, McDonogh tennis star and national-level player, during the games.

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Everyone's getting into the "Give Baltimore the Ball" promotion. On Friday, Variety 104.3-FM is sponsoring an arm wrestling match between former Baltimore Oriole star Boog Powell and former Baltimore Colts star Tom Matte. The fun begins at 5 p.m. at the Harborplace amphitheater, prior to a free concert, featuring Gazze. Refereeing the match will be one of Baltimore most colorful characters, Charlie Eckman.

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J. Michael "Mike" McWilliams, the first Baltimore lawyer chosen to head the American Bar Association, has taken over the reins of the nation's largest and most prestigious legal organization. McWilliams, who once said he was sick and tired of lawyer jokes, would like to change his profession's poor image. We wish him well with that and other issues over the next year.

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