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People of the Year BookPeople of the (Year) Book
December 2, 2005

By Rochelle Eisenberg / Kirsten Beckerman

Ever wonder what happened to that "Best Couple"? Are they still married and living happily ever after? Or did they break up right after their senior prom?

How about the wittiest? Is he or she still funny? The most talented? Is their name shining in lights on Broadway?

The Baltimore Jewish Times decided to take a look at more than 20 years of Pikesville Highs School yearbooks, from the 1960s through the late 1980s. Would the superlative honor that was bestowed upon these individuals by their peers have any relevance to their future path?

For example, did you know that Del. Bobby Zirkin received recognition for having "Done Most for School"? That Jerry Coleman, sportscaster for WBAL-Radio and 98Rock, was once named "Biggest Flirt"? That Mindy Cooper, who was named "Most Talented" in 1979, has choreographed several Broadway musicals, including "Dracula, The Musical"? And, that Scott Ferber, chief executive officer of Advertising.com Inc. who was awarded a Stevie for Best Executive in the 2005 American Business Awards, was judged "Best All-Around"?

Did you know that many of those voted "Most Intellectual" went on to successful careers, often in the medical profession or pursuing research?

Some saw careers and found happiness that diverged greatly from expectations. And, sometimes classmates seemed to have a sixth sense as to a peer's strengths; expecting great things that weren't realized until 20 years later. And, unfortunately, in some cases, life did not work out as was expected during the heady days of high school.

The following are six profiles of superlative winners from three decades, whose future seemed in some way to personify their titles.

Scott Freiman at Second Act Studio

Scott Freiman

"Most Talented" - 1980

"Most Talented." It conjures up images of neon lights on Broadway, the great American novel, a starring role with the American Ballet Theatre, a Grammy Award. It is a confirmation from one's peers that perhaps, someday, he (or she) will be recognized, usually for their artistry, by the world, at large. Yet, for Mr. Freiman, that thought never entered his mind. And, for more than 20 years, his musical talent that earned him this honor lay dormant, a source of relaxation, not fame.

But, in 2001, Mr. Freiman decided that it was time to take a chance to pursue a dream, a dream to compose music that would resonate with the public.

The story begins in high school, where Mr. Freiman played the piano, accompanied his peers in talent shows and even wrote a musical, "When it is Dark Enough You Can See the Stars." He taught music at Temple Oheb Shalom. But, for him, music was just a hobby.

"I always thought it would be part of my life, but never really imagined it as a career," he says. "My conception of the music business was limited to performance." And, he added, he just didn't consider himself quite good enough to perform as a classical pianist, and didn't have the wherewithal to form a rock band.

So, for nearly 20 years after graduating, playing music became a source of relaxation for Mr. Freiman. Following his undergraduate studies at Yale University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in computer programming and music, he co-founded Credit Management Solutions Inc., a financial software company headquartered in Baltimore. There he pursued a business path. In 2001, he seemed to be at the pinnacle of his career, becoming a finalist in Ernst and Young's Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year. That year, he sold CMSI to First American Corp.

Yet, somehow through the years, his passion for music stayed with him. And, it seemed that with the sale of his company, now might be a time to take a risk.

It began with a conversation with his wife. "In five minutes we went from talking about the kids to deciding to move to New York," he says. Together, his wife and three sons joined him in this adventure. An adventure that in only four years, seems to be a promising reality.

Since moving to New York, Mr. Freiman has been working hard toward his ambition. He created Second Act Studio to record and compose music and has composed music for several short films. He became partners in Garagista Music, a new record label. And, he became a producer for "Little Women the Musical," which is currently running on Broadway and due in Baltimore this season.

"A college friend called on a whim. I went and saw the show and liked it," he says.

He even pursued a master's of music composition from New York University. For his graduation recital this past September, he composed and performed his music at Carnegie Hall. A 1 1/2-hour performance that included everything from classic chamber works to a song about George Bush's summer vacation.

And, everything seems to have moved a lot quicker than he ever expected. "At first, my dream was to have my music featured in a film. I did that within one year. I realized that well, maybe I can do this," Mr. Freiman says.

It seems as if maybe he can. Recently, he was asked to compose music for two films and sound edit a third. And, interestingly, direct a gospel concert at Riverside Church. Although he has moved away from the Pikesville area, Mr. Freiman still keeps in close contact with a group of high school friends. This summer, he traveled to New Mexico with seven friends and their families. And, several of his Pikesville classmates were there to celebrate his Carnegie Hall debut.

In a recent e-mail, Mr. Freiman wrote, "I'm not sure, but I think this music thing might actually work! In any case, I'm having the time of my life.

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