This year's annual luncheon was certainly no exception, with the induction of 1996 honorees: [Bill Hunter Jerry Hoffberger], one of the Orioles most popular owners; Billy Hunter, former O's player and coach; and [Alice Hoffberger Cal Ripken Sr.], former Orioles player, scout and manager. These three men are so well thought of in our community that a crowd of 400 showed up at the luncheon at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel.
Hall of Famer Chuck Thompson did his usual fantastic job as he introduced the head table and kept things moving. Among those on hand for all the festivities were W.B. Doner CEO [Herb Fried Bill Vaughn], who got his first job in Baltimore from Hoffberger in 1954. Fried also reminisced about the incredible 1958 National Boh Land of Pleasant Living ad campaign. Others at the party were Hoffberger's wife, Alice, their children, Peter, David, Richard and Carol; cousins Charlie and Roy Hoffberger; Billy Hunter's wife, Bev, three sons, two daughters-in-law, four grandchildren and his minister; Ripken's wife, [Jimmy Williams Vi Ripken], and children including Fred; Billy; Cal Jr.; Ellen and her husband Jerry. Cal Sr. also got support from assorted grandchildren attending the luncheon.
I also saw Jimmy Williams, who introduced his friend Ripken, and Bob Maisel, who introduced Hunter; Jack Smith, Hunter's first winning pitcher at Towson State University; George Bollock, director of Information Systems W.R. Grace, who chaired the luncheon; Chuck Lippy, former Advocates president; Advocates Angie Reaves, state department Human Resources, and Jack Guthall; former O's managers Frank Cashen and Hank Peters; Hall of Famer and Money Store spokesman [Jim Palmer Betty Thompson]; Ron Shapiro, attorney; Dick Hall, former O's pitcher; Syd Thrift, O's director of player relations; O's pitching coach Elrod Hendricks with his son, Ian, a junior in college.