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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | March 15, 2008
For nearly three decades, Jack Luskin was "The Cheapest Guy in Town," which in turn became a household slogan for his Baltimore-based appliance and electronics chain. Luskin, now 80 and retired, splits his time between homes in Stevenson and Aventura, Fla. "I have the best of both worlds," he said. "I consider myself unemployed, but I check The Sun's classifieds every day to see what I can do, but no one seems to want me." Jack and his brother, Joe, established Luskin's Inc. in 1948, and turned the post-World War II demand for refrigerators and washing machines into a successful business.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Kevin Luskin comes from a Baltimore-based retail family known for building businesses on cutting-edge home products. Today, it's curved-screen, smart televisions. But at one time it was refrigerators. Luskin's father, Jack, and uncle, Joe, started the Luskins' home appliance business after World War II by convincing consumers to switch from iceboxes to refrigerators. Jack Luskin eventually expanded into electronics and grew to 60 stores in 21 states with the help of his famous slogan, "The Cheapest Guy in Town.
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November 18, 2004
On November 15, 2004, SHIRLEE LUSKIN MOLOTCH (nee Berger), beloved wife of the late Paul Luskin who was killed during World War II, and the late Nathan Molotch, beloved mother of Fran Mink of Owings Mills, MD, Harvey Luskin Molotch of New York, NY, and Stephen Luskin Miles of Lutherville, MD, devoted sister of Ira Berger, and Stuart Berger, loving grandmother of Jacey Cohen, Shana Molotch, Noah Molotch, Paula Miles-Shockett, Scott Miles, Thuy Langrill-Miles and...
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2011
Stanley Sindler, the lighthearted Eddie's North Charles Street grocery store greeter whose wit and friendliness along with his trademark "Hey, babe" could win over the most harried shopper, died May 26 of pancreatic cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The longtime Pikesville resident was 72. The son of a store owner and a homemaker, Mr. Sindler was born in Baltimore and raised on Park Heights Avenue. During his teenage years, he lived on Rubin Avenue. In 1956, Mr. Sindler dropped out of City College in the 11th grade and enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a radarman.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer | December 17, 1992
Luskin's Inc. can go ahead with a sales promotion offering certificates for airfare and discounted hotel rates, a Harford Circuit judge has ruled, rejecting a finding by the state attorney general's office that the promotion violated Maryland law.Judge Cypert O. Whitfill said in a written opinion filed Friday that the retailer's proposed ads are neither unfair nor deceptive, as the attorney general's office had concluded.The judge added that the state attorney general's interpretation of the law was so broad that even Cracker Jacks would be illegal because the free prize was unrelated to the sale of caramel-coated popcorn.
SPORTS
August 8, 1991
Baltimore's constant fear of losing the Orioles has brought a couple more prospective buyers to light, according to The Sun.Appliance store giant Jack Luskin and his nephew, attorney Steven L. Miles, yesterday said they have made some early forays into purchasing the team from Eli Jacobs.Jacobs indicated in June he may be ready to sell the club. The first Baltimorean to say he would be interested in buying was Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, the chairman of Merry-Go-Round Enterprises Inc., which operates a chain of clothing stores.
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By Ken Rosenthal | August 9, 1991
Brain-flossing, criss-crossing, pillow-tossing:Jack Luskin holds down prices the way Eli Jacobs holds down the Orioles' payroll. The cheapest guy in town buying the team from the cheapest guy out of town? Luskin's nephew, attorney Steven L. Miles, says, "Let's talk about it!"We say: Bring back Boogie.Luskin, of course, has no chance of buying the team -- yo, Jack, that stock is going the wrong way -- but it's sure fun to think about. Would big-screen TVs become a regular giveaway? Would minority owner Miles do more obnoxious commercials?
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | February 11, 1997
The last time we heard from Arthur Jay Harris, he was convinced that no one had tried to shoot Marie Luskin in a celebrated Baltimore murder-for-hire scheme gone bad.In a 1991 Baltimore Sun Sunday Magazine piece, he outlined the attempted murder of Luskin, wife of Baltimore-born Paul Luskin, a prosperous Florida businessman and member of the Luskin electronics dynasty.Marie Luskin, Harris maintained, was hit in the back of the head as part of an almost comically botched murder plot carried out by someone posing as a flower delivery man.The Luskins, at the time, were in the midst of a vicious and high-stakes divorce.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer | October 6, 1992
Luskin's Inc. is facing administrative charges brought by the Maryland attorney general's office, which is charging the Columbia-based consumer electronics store chain with deceiving customers through a travel promotion that offers free airfare to popular vacation destinations.According to the charges announced last week, Luskin's offer of airfare to Hawaii, Florida and the Bahamas was loaded with expensive conditions that the state contends were unlawful.According to the charges, Luskin's required consumers to buy $200 in merchandise from the retailer to get free travel certificates issued by Florida-based Vacation Ventures Inc. Then, to redeem the certificates, travelers had to make hotel and other arrangements through Vacation Ventures at costs ranging from $470 to $1,875, the charges say.The Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general's office alleged that Luskin's advertisements promoting the airfare offer failed to disclose the full terms and "complicated" conditions placed on the certificates.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer | September 18, 1992
BEL AIR -- Luskin's Inc. is seeking an injunction to block a challenge by the attorney general's office that its air fare giveaway ads violate Maryland consumer protection law.Luskin's filed its complaint in Harford Circuit Court last Friday.The Howard County-based retailer, which has a dozen metropolitan outlets, says it voluntarily discontinued an ad campaign July 31 that offered "free airfare . . . with selected purchases" and presented a revised campaign to the Consumer Protection Division on Aug. 17.The division had notified the company July 27 that its print and television promotions in June violated the Maryland Consumer Protection Act. It cited three reasons:* Consumers had to buy items to receive a vacation.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | March 15, 2008
For nearly three decades, Jack Luskin was "The Cheapest Guy in Town," which in turn became a household slogan for his Baltimore-based appliance and electronics chain. Luskin, now 80 and retired, splits his time between homes in Stevenson and Aventura, Fla. "I have the best of both worlds," he said. "I consider myself unemployed, but I check The Sun's classifieds every day to see what I can do, but no one seems to want me." Jack and his brother, Joe, established Luskin's Inc. in 1948, and turned the post-World War II demand for refrigerators and washing machines into a successful business.
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By TOM HAMBURGER, PETER WALLSTEN AND JOSH MEYER and TOM HAMBURGER, PETER WALLSTEN AND JOSH MEYER,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 7, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Presidential adviser Karl Rove has agreed to give last-minute testimony to a grand jury in the continuing investigation into the leak of a covert CIA agent's identity. It is unclear why Rove has been asked to make another trip - his fourth - to the grand jury investigating who divulged the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame. It is a felony to knowingly leak the name of a covert CIA official, and the case involves some of the most powerful officials in the White House and some of the country's most prominent journalists.
NEWS
November 18, 2004
On November 15, 2004, SHIRLEE LUSKIN MOLOTCH (nee Berger), beloved wife of the late Paul Luskin who was killed during World War II, and the late Nathan Molotch, beloved mother of Fran Mink of Owings Mills, MD, Harvey Luskin Molotch of New York, NY, and Stephen Luskin Miles of Lutherville, MD, devoted sister of Ira Berger, and Stuart Berger, loving grandmother of Jacey Cohen, Shana Molotch, Noah Molotch, Paula Miles-Shockett, Scott Miles, Thuy Langrill-Miles and...
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November 11, 2003
On Sunday Noveember 9, 2003 MARTHA NIXON (nee Sisselman) devoted mother of Paula Henry and Annette Luskin, dear mother-in-law of Dennis Henry, beloved sister of William Sisselman and the late Jacob, Oscar, and Meyer Sisselman and Sarah Hayden, loving grandmother of Michelle and Tommy Henry, Madison Rae Luskin. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS HOMES, 8900 Reisterstown Rd., at Mt. Wilson Lane, on Tuesday November 11 AT 11 A.M. Interment Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Cemetery, Berrymans Lane.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | September 10, 2002
Paul B. Luskin, the well-known Baltimore native convicted 14 years ago in a botched murder-for-hire plot against his estranged first wife, is free from prison after a successful effort to win a shorter sentence. Luskin, 54, was released late Friday from the federal prison in Yazoo City, Miss., and has gone to live with his second wife in south Florida, Baltimore defense attorney Herbert Better said yesterday. Luskin's release closes the bizarre, long-running case that began in 1987 with three failed murder-for-hire plots, including one in which a hit man posed as a flower deliveryman outside the Hollywood, Fla., home of Luskin and his then-wife, Marie.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | August 22, 2001
Nothing has been simple in the long-running legal saga of Paul B. Luskin. Not the three botched attempts to have his estranged wife killed in 1987. Not the investigation that wound from posh South Florida to Baltimore, the lengthy 1988 trial that led to his conviction or his courtroom confession last fall. The latest chapter is no exception. Setting up what would be a third sentencing for the Baltimore native, a federal appeals panel has ruled that U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz was wrong to sharply reduce Luskin's sentence last year and has sent the case back for another round.
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By Liz Bowie and Timothy J. Mullaney and Liz Bowie and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | September 27, 1996
Luskin's Inc., the appliance store that was started by a couple of guys who followed ice trucks around to find out who needed refrigerators and grew into a large regional business, succumbed yesterday to competition from nationwide appliance and electronics retailers.Luskin's announced it had decided to give up after 48 years and close its 12 remaining stores in the Baltimore-Washington area.Once, "The Cheapest Guy in Town" was a household slogan in Baltimore, but the company took a financial tumble after going public in the 1980s, and appeared to be struggling with competition and consumer complaints of false advertising.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | June 7, 2001
RICHMOND, Va. - After 13 years of professing his innocence from prison, an ending finally seemed near last fall for Paul B. Luskin, the well-known Baltimore native convicted in a botched murder-for-hire plot against his estranged wife. In a dramatic turnaround, Luskin abruptly admitted in court in October that he had helped plan a contract killing during his ugly, multimillion-dollar divorce in 1987. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz, weighing a sentence reduction, responded by cutting almost 10 years off Luskin's 35-year prison term.
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