October 14, 1990
Location, the right price and good financing all play major roles in influencing the decision to buy a house. But curb appeal -- the first impression a potential buyer gets of a house -- is the lure that gets the buying process started.Without curb appeal -- the favorable first impression that makes a casual shopper sit up and take notice -- potential buyers may never cross the threshold to see what's inside.In Harford County, where home sales are up 12 percent from last year, Realtors say that giving a home curb appeal is simple and can be inexpensive.
August 7, 1994
WASHINGTON -- After 115 hours of proceedings, 6,000 pages of documents, 35 witnesses and 71 questioners, after eight days and nights of gavel-banging, finger-pointing, sound-biting, it's appropriate to ask the question that a congressman posed at the start of the House and Senate's Whitewater hearings:"What is going on here?"What went on over the past two weeks -- all of it under hot TV lights -- didn't reveal a smoking gun to bring down a president. It didn't answer questions about the Clintons' Ozarks land deal at the heart of the Whitewater controversy.
June 14, 1992
Tired of being accosted by the same old crab dip, celery stuffed with cream cheese and Swedish meatballs at every cocktail party? Then run, do not walk, to get a copy of "First Impressions," by Betty Rosbottom (Morrow, 288 pp., $20).Ms. Rosbottom, author of "Betty Rosbottom's Cooking School Cookbook" (Workman, 1987) and director of La Belle Pomme cooking school in Columbus, Ohio, has brought some fresh thinking as to how a dinner party should begin. After all, her "showstopper" smoked salmon cheesecake with dill toasts served on lemon leaves sounds more appetizing than salted peanuts, doesn't it?
March 2, 2002
JUPITER, Fla. - Early impressions are tough impressions. Orioles manager Mike Hargrove uses this reminder to preface his evaluation of new center fielder Chris Singleton. It's a little too soon to draw conclusions on any player, even one who is driving pitches to all fields, chasing down fly balls and running the bases aggressively. Even one who has outshone every Oriole through two exhibition games. After stroking a three-run homer to account for all the scoring in Thursday's opener, Singleton doubled in his first at-bat yesterday and raced home on an infield hit. He's making quite an impression, no matter how early.
May 27, 1991
To his outplacement consultant, the unemployed insurance salesman looked "slovenly." With his old plaid shirt, chino pants and shaggy haircut, he sat slouched in the consultant's office.A change of image made a world of difference, recalls Lynn Litow, the Linthicum consultant who helped him through a difficult career transition. A whole new outfit (basic gray suit, striped tie and dress shirt) was a decided plus in the transition, as were pointers offered by Ms. Litow on posture, handshakes and other elements of body language.
August 31, 1995
Mark Eichhorn,Orioles relieverEichhorn is known around baseball for his clever impressions."I've been doing them probably since I was 5," he said. "I grew up with 10 other kids, so I had an audience. If you asked anyone, they probably say they get sick of them. They'd say I've been doing it for 34 years, and I'm 34 years old."His favorite impressions:1. Popeye.2. The Cowardly Lion.3. Willie Nelson and Julio Inglesias.4. The Wicked Witch of the West.5. John Wayne.