August 29, 1996
When Tom Hanks withdrew from the race for the Bill Clinton role in the film version of the satirical political novel "Primary Colors" a couple weeks ago, it was an act of singularly clearheaded thinking, for a movie star. However Hanks might have played the part, any time he affects a Southern accent, we will think of the innocent simpleton Forrest Gump. And, bubba, Bill Clinton is no Forrest Gump.With Hanks out of the running, who will fill the role of the fictional Jack Stanton, a 40-something Southern governor pressing -- and occasionally fondling -- the flesh during the 1992 Democratic primaries?
December 8, 1993
Being a crybaby is hardly becoming to Baltimore. Worse, crying over losing a contest for an NFL football franchise wastes tears on the wrong object. A 26-to-2 vote sends a message. Apparently, Baltimore can't hear it.Baltimoreans seem fixed on the notion that an undeserving Jacksonville benefited from double-dealing by evil football-team owners. The real reason to cry, if Baltimoreans must, is that its city appears as ''a finished city,'' not a ''hot market'' or a citywith ''municipal passion.
September 30, 1990
A survey published in Progressive Farmer magazine this summer showed that farmers find their family life extremely satisfying; three-quarters of those surveyed said their families consistently make them feel self-confident and good about themselves. The farmers named money and weather as their top problems; the advantages of farming included independence, freedom and the farm as a good place to bring up children. Among other traits listed in the survey as common to farm families: They are unusually optimistic and have a strong belief in God; they are very independent; and they value personal freedom.
July 1, 1992
The leaders of the NFL expansion effort in Charlotte, N.C., are attempting to make a comeback by restructuring their stadium financing plan.Acknowledging that St. Louis and Baltimore are perceived to have an advantage because they have public funding to build stadiums, Charlotte officials hope to put a new financing plan in place in six to eight weeks."
February 8, 1998
President Clinton's proposed $1.73 trillion balanced budget may have created some heat in the halls of Congress, but the real estate industry is quietly boiling over the potential loss of some of its tax benefits.Under a proposal by the president last week to generate more tax revenue, publicly traded real estate investment trusts would undergo their most significant structural changes in more than a decade.Many industry analysts and executives fear that the proposed changes could represent only the beginning of a series of setbacks for the successful REIT industry, which has grown from a fledgling handful of companies with less than $10 billion in 1990 to more than 200 companies valued at $150 billion today.
May 21, 1995
Sometimes we don't give enough thought to whether we will be happy working at a new job.One manager who was laid off accepted a position for which he was overqualified. At first the job looked like an interesting challenge, but it turned out that the company's goals were wildly unrealistic, and everyone who had ever held the job had either quit or been fired. In short order, the manager was back in the job market.To avoid a similar fate, ask yourself the questions listed below before you accept the next offer.