It will be more than just business as usual in Annapolis next week, when Anne Arundel County welcomes the creme de la creme of America's business world to our state capital. Forbes, the bible of the business community, is having, what sounds like a fascinating three-day CEO forum.
The event will begin Wednesday with a reception and dinner at the Naval Academy with host Jeffrey M. Cunningham, publisher of Forbes magazine, and Adm. Charles R. Larson, superintendent of the Naval Academy. The first of many panel discussions will begin after dinner and this one includes former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, now chairman of Forbes, as one of the panelists discussing "Global Military Challenges Facing the United States."
Others scheduled to speak on a wide range of topics next week are Malcolm S. Forbes Jr., president and editor-in-chief at Forbes; James Carville, author and presidential advisor; John Sununu, former White House chief of staff and now host of CNN's "Crossfire"; Frank V. Cahouet, chairman, president, CEO of Mellon Bank; Michael Milken, the Milken Institute for Job & Capital Formation; John F. Welch, chairman and CEO General Electric; Melvin R. Goodes, chairman and CEO Warner-Lambert; Laurence A. Tisch, chairman, president and CEO of CBS; Walter Wriston, chairman emeritus Citibank; Gerald Greenwald, chairman and CEO United Airlines; Harry C. Stonecipher, president and CEO McDonnell Douglas Corp; Glen H. Hiner, chairman and CEO Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corp; George Stephanopoulos, adviser to President Clinton; former Sen. Warren Rudman of New Hampshire; Sen. Jesse Helms; R-N.C.; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, and Norman P. Blake Jr., chairman, president and CEO of USF&G.;
Interspersed in all these discussions will be cocktails and dinner on board the Forbes yacht, the Highlander; the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Old South Country Club.
If your're looking for something fun to do, how about a trip back to the high school days of the '60s? Robert Neal Marshall's production, "Is There Life After High School" is the first musical to play at the Winchester Comedy Club, 102 Water St.
Marshall, born in Baltimore, has studied and worked all over the world. He says he's thrilled with the array of local talent he's found here. Starring in this production are Susan Bradford, who is teaching acting at St. Paul's School this summer; Bill Cookson, former assistant states attorney, now full-time actor; Aric-James Darroe, who holds a degree from Everett College and has studied with film director Stanley Kramer; John DeCore, who in the real world teaches researchers how to use computers in the Library of Congress;
Also, Darren McDonnell, who recently returned from the national tour of "Anything Goes"; Pamela Sue Jackson, a market analyst for a computer consulting firm, who is working on an original musical; H. Alan Hoffman, Towson State University graduate, whose most recent production was the Maryland Arts Festival's "West Side Story"; Dawn A. Lester, who teaches theater to children; and Jessica Matulevich, who is currently enrolled in UMBC's theater program.
I am told this new venture into cabaret theater will bring back great memories for one and all. There are two performances tomorrow and several next week. Tickets are $15 and $20 and may be reserved by calling (410) 290-6503 or (410) 481-SEAT
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