April 5, 2009
This weekend, all eyes are on Detroit, or at least on Ford Field, where the NCAA men's basketball championship is being played. But athletics are just part of the excitement of Motor City. Here are five other things to see: 1 Motown Historical Museum : The museum is home of the world-famous Studio A, which Berry Gordy Jr. called Hitsville, U.S.A. This is where the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and other artists recorded some of their best work. The museum features historical photographs, artwork, music, costumes and the original recording studio.
November 25, 2008
Henry J. Ford, a certified public accountant and longtime Ellicott City resident, died Saturday of complications from a liver transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 48. Mr. Ford was born in Baltimore and raised in Reisterstown, where he graduated from Franklin High School in 1979. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from what is now Frostburg State University in 1987, and for the past 19 years had been an auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Columbia. Mr. Ford was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the comprehensive transplant center patient committee at Johns Hopkins Hospital and committee member of Boy Scout Troop 615. Mr. Ford was a Ravens and Colts fan, and also enjoyed raising border collies and shelties.
December 31, 2006
The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century By Steven Watts Henry Ford set off the consumer revolution by producing a car affordable to the masses, all the while lamenting the moral toll exacted by consumerism. He believed in giving his workers a living wage, though he was entirely opposed to union labor. He had a warm and loving relationship with his wife but sired a son with another woman. A rabid anti-Semite, he embraced African-American workers in the era of Jim Crow.
September 17, 2006
I've always marveled at family businesses. After all, many families can't agree on who merits a drumstick at Thanksgiving. The reading of a patriarch's will can prompt dueling lawsuits. No surprise The summer after high school I worked in the warehouse of a large family-owned catalog company. The sons left at noon for the golf course and the aging founder unfortunately had deteriorated to the point where he could barely remember their names. It came as no surprise to me that the catalog company later failed.
September 15, 2006
Moving to speed and possibly expand its plan to slash 30,000 jobs from its manufacturing payroll, Ford Motor Co. will offer retirement incentives and buyout packages of as much as $140,000 to all employees at its U.S. factories. More than 75,000 blue-collar workers are eligible for the programs, disclosed yesterday by the United Auto Workers union and acknowledged by Ford. In all, Ford has about 110,000 employees in the United States. The offer is similar to a retirement and buyout plan offered this year by General Motors Corp.
August 28, 2005
BIOGRAPHY THE PEOPLE'S TYCOON: HENRY FORD AND THE AMERICAN CENTURY By Steven Watts. Alfred A. Knopf. 608 pages. Henry Ford's brain ran almost entirely on instinct and image. If he had a good hunch about something and could easily picture it, he was unstoppable, devising not only such wonders as the Model T, but also the assembly-line process that made its mass production possible. But he could be downright dangerous on the rare occasions when an abstract concept unrelated to his work found its way into his head.