Ten Questions: Baseball tops Howard B. Frank’s A-list

Howard B. Frank was born and raised in Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1964 and his law degree from DePaul University in 1967.

In September 1967, he moved to Los Angeles where he was employed as an Assistant United States Attorney (federal prosecutor) until he moved to San Diego in July 1970. Frank was employed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego until April 1, 1972.

Since then, he has been engaged in the private practice of law, specializing in criminal defense. He represents individuals and companies who are under investigation or charged with violations of criminal laws (mostly federal).

Frank has been married to Holly, a teacher at La Jolla Elementary School, for 40 years. Their son, Gary, is a teacher at La Jolla High School where he also coaches baseball and girls basketball. Their daughter, Jody, is married, lives in Sausalito and has her own event planning business.

Frank is a member of various bar associations, the downtown Rotary Club, the Foundation of La Jolla High School and Turf It - a committee whose mission is to raise the funds to install an artificial surface on the Muirlands athletic field.

What brought you to La Jolla?

The beauty of the area, a home that was exactly what my wife and I were looking for, which in 1971, we could almost afford, as well as the excellence of the education available at the public schools in La Jolla.

What makes La Jolla special to you?

There are many reasons - especially the feeling of a village that is nevertheless a part of a large metropolitan city. Although there have been a lot of changes over the years, La Jolla still enjoys the charm of a special quaint place.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in La Jolla?

I would add additional park and recreational facilities for our youth and Field Turf for the athletic field at the Muirlands Middle School. I would love to subtract some of the traffic we experience.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by people who maximize their ability in any endeavor and also by those who exhibit a passion for what they do.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

I would invite my father, baseball hall of famers Ernie Banks, Ted Williams, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Satchel Paige along with founder, owner and long time coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas, and the legendary Coach John Wooden.

What are you currently reading?

“Tales from the Cubs Dugout.”

What is your most prized possession?

My sports memorabilia collection along with the many family photos and videos I have taken over the last 36 years.

What do you do for fun?

  • Attend as many athletic events as I can at the high school, college and professional level with an emphasis on baseball.
  • Help take care of the high school baseball field.
  • My volunteer work with the Foundation of La Jolla High School.
  • Spend time with my family.
  • Go to the movies (just about any movie).

Describe your greatest accomplishment.

I have attended a regular major league baseball game in 49 different ballparks.

What is your motto?

Do the best you can, never look back and say, “Maybe I could have tried harder.”