Gil Sandler's Baltimore Stories http://wypr.org en The Time A Baltimore Chimp Became An Art Sensation http://wypr.org/post/time-baltimore-chimp-became-art-sensation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sudden appearance of a dazzling new body of work by an unknown Baltimore artist caused an international stir in 1955. When the artist was discovered to be a chimpanzee, this same international art community was quite surprised--and not a little embarrassed.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Gil Sandler 12973 at http://wypr.org The Time A Baltimore Chimp Became An Art Sensation The Great Baltimore Cat Round-Up http://wypr.org/post/great-baltimore-cat-round <p></p><p>There were so many mice in the old Richmond Market that the merchants, frustrated by the failure of all previous attempts to eradicate the pests, tried loosing cats throughout the market. But that scheme failed, too. The cats, it seemed, misunderstood the mission.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Gil Sandler 12699 at http://wypr.org The Great Baltimore Cat Round-Up Baltimore's Song That Nobody Knows http://wypr.org/post/baltimores-song-nobody-knows <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he story of the song nobody knows: Baltimore City's "song" was written by a Sun paper reporter who wrote poetry on the side.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Gil Sandler 12698 at http://wypr.org Baltimore's Song That Nobody Knows The Time Baltimore Had All The Money http://wypr.org/post/time-baltimore-had-all-money <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During a memorable week in 1933, President Roosevelt closed all the banks to prevent a bank run and to bring stability to a reeling Depression economy. Area cities and businesses could not meet their payrolls - except for Baltimore City, which in another day and time had all the money. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Gil Sandler 12694 at http://wypr.org The Time Baltimore Had All The Money The Time Gloria Lockerman Misspelled Meerschaum http://wypr.org/post/time-gloria-lockerman-misspelled-meerschaum <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The story of the young girl from the Baltimore City public schools who </span><a href="http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1994-06-14/news/1994165163_1_gloria-spelling-bee-lockerman" style="line-height: 1.5;">came very close</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to being America's champion speller in 1955.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Gil Sandler 12692 at http://wypr.org The Time Gloria Lockerman Misspelled Meerschaum The Time Eddie Rosenfeld Changed The Look Of Baltimore http://wypr.org/post/time-eddie-rosenfeld-changed-look-baltimore <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An unknown artist living in a broken down house on a little-traveled street decided to paint the front of his house pastel blue. He stunned his neighbors, started a city-wide trend and changed the look of the city.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Gil Sandler 12096 at http://wypr.org The Time Eddie Rosenfeld Changed The Look Of Baltimore The Time Baltimorean Anne Wiggins Brown Nailed Her Gershwin Audition http://wypr.org/post/time-baltimorean-anne-wiggins-brown-nailed-her-gershwin-audition <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a gifted, young African American singer from Baltimore landed the part of "Bess" in George Gershwin's&nbsp;opera "Porgy," the opera was renamed "Porgy and Bess." She was that good. Along the way, the history of American music changed, too.</span></p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Gil Sandler 12092 at http://wypr.org The Time Baltimorean Anne Wiggins Brown Nailed Her Gershwin Audition You...And You And You May Kiss The Bride http://wypr.org/post/youand-you-and-you-may-kiss-bride <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During WWII, Baltimore's Penn Station was a busy, frenetic point of arrival and departure for thousands of servicemen and women. &nbsp;The station had a lot going on within it - including perhaps what was the first wedding ever to be performed in a railroad station. &nbsp;A lot of soldiers and sailors got to kiss the bride!</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Gil Sandler 12082 at http://wypr.org You...And You And You May Kiss The Bride When Duckpin Bowling Became A Thing http://wypr.org/post/when-duckpin-bowling-became-thing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two ex-baseball players sitting in a duck blind on the Eastern Shore, see a flight of ducks take off and scatter upwards. &nbsp;The moment proved inspirational, and brought into being "duckpin bowling". &nbsp;It changed an industry and a national pastime.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Gil Sandler 12079 at http://wypr.org When Duckpin Bowling Became A Thing Gone With The Wind http://wypr.org/post/gone-wind <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lexington Street, between Charles and Liberty streets was one of Baltimore's busiest, boasting a department store and three theaters. &nbsp;One theater was The Century - where the Baltimore premiere of "Gone With The Wind" was shown. &nbsp;It turned out that this busy and storied street with all its memories, would, like the era depicted in the movie, be a victim of time - and, be "gone with the wind...". &nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Gil Sandler 12020 at http://wypr.org Gone With The Wind