WITH Maryland National Bank due to adopt the name of its...


November 13, 1993

WITH Maryland National Bank due to adopt the name of its new owner, Charlotte-based NationsBank, no local institution will be happier about this change in nomenclature than the First National Bank of Maryland.

For longer than most care to remember, these two big competitors have been in each other's hair because of the similarity of their names.

Both receive huge numbers of letters and phone calls that have to be redirected. Both have carefully massaged their marketing campaigns to differentiate themselves, one from the other.

Maryland National Bank's color is green, First National's is blue. The former stresses the word "Maryland"; the latter subordinates it to the "First National" message.

After the signs and logos of Maryland National Bank disappear, Irish-owned First National may be tempted to emphasize the Maryland" at the end of its name. But it has to take care. Listed in the Yellow Pages are such smaller institutions as the Bank of Maryland, the Citizens Bank of Maryland, the Farmers National Bank of Maryland and Provident Bank of Maryland.

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OUR LATEST favorite bumper sticker says if you can read it, don't just thank your teacher -- raise his or her salary.

This one was on the rear end of a BMW.

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THE CURRENT C&P classified telephone directory has a listing for Judge Solomon Liss at the Courthouse. Trouble is, the eminent jurist died five years ago. Presumably some court administrator is still paying for the listing. Twice. The number is now assigned to the public defender's office.

We wonder how many other dearly departed public figures are still in local phone books. Readers who come upon any are invited to call (410) 332-6188. The editor to which the number is assigned is almost as rotund as Judge Liss but, happily, still with us.

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IT'S A LITTLE hard to take Washington's protestations about frugality seriously these days when you drive the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

The southern portion, operated by the federal government, is undergoing reconstruction that seems to be at least partly cosmetic. What a layman would call gutters are being installed on the shoulders, and much of the highway is now attractively fenced in colorful stone.

The scraping and repaving of the surface, which seems to have been going on for years, may have been necessary maintenance. But we fail to understand the extra frills, except as a juicy bit of pork from Rep. Steny Hoyer's barrel. But pork is pork, even when it's Maryland-bred.

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