Gil Sandler

Host, Baltimore Stories

Gil Sandler was born and raised in Baltimore -- a circumstance he considers fortunate and one he does not want you to forget. He attended public school (P.S. #59, Garrison Junior High, Baltimore City College, Class of 1941) and then served in the United States Navy.
Returning, he completed his college education at the University of Pennsylvania (Class of 1949). In 1967 he earned his Master's Degree in Liberal Arts from the Johns Hopkins University. He began to write features for the Sunday Sun and a weekly column ("Baltimore Glimpses") for The Evening Sun. "Baltimore Glimpses" would continue for 31 years. He is the author of six books (Johns Hopkins University Press): The Neighborhood, Baltimore Glimpses Revisited, Jewish Baltimore, Small Town Baltimore, Wartime Baltimore, Glimpses of Jewish Baltimore.
He has received numerous awards for his writing and lecturing, including the Emmert Award for Feature Writing for The Sunday Sun and election to Hall of Fame of his alma mater, Baltimore City College.
Asked how long he thinks, he can continue telling “Baltimore Stories,” he replies, "I'm just getting started." Gil Sandler's Baltimore Stories is made possible in part by

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Baltimore Stories
5:12 am
Fri September 12, 2014

When The Rennert Hotel Ran Out Of Coffee...And Time

On the night of December 1, 1939, regulars of Baltimore's once-famous Rennert Hotel, then at Liberty and Saratoga streets, gathered at the bar to say goodbye to the old place. Among the group was H. L. Mencken. Though they had many fond memories of the Rennert, the farewell evening didn't work out quite the way the regulars had planned.

Baltimore Stories
5:37 am
Fri September 5, 2014

The Time The Orioles Lost The Knothole War

In the 1930s, so many kids were "hooking in" to the old Oriole Park at 29th and Greenmount that Orioles management decided to take firm action: they let the kids in free. With that face-saving gesture, they admitted defeat and started the "Knothole Gang."

Baltimore Stories
5:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

The Time The Bromo Seltzer Bottle Came Down

Baltimoreans in 1936, walking about downtown, could sense that there was something different about the city.

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

The Time Bill Haley Closed Keith's Theater

Gil Sandler

By 1955, Keith's Theater on Lexington Street had been in decline for years. Management was looking into ways to close it. To their surprise, a lead act on their stage, Bill Haley and his Comets, did the job for them...in a way nobody could have suspected. 

Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri August 15, 2014

The Time "Wrong Way Corrigan" Chose Chicken Over Maryland Crabs

Gil Sandler

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In 1938, a 30-year old aviator landed his plane in Ireland. Upon deplaning, he said that he had been headed for California. He became a national hero and was feted in Baltimore - with surprising results.

Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

How Baltimore Practiced Downtown Traffic Control In The 1970s

Gil Sandler

To control traffic flow at one of the world's busiest intersections, Baltimore City used a horse named Bob and policeman named Bill. They were stationed at Pratt and Light streets as late as the 1970s. They kept traffic moving - in their own way!

Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri August 1, 2014

The Time The Lord Baltimore Hotel Got Indigestion

Gil Sandler

In April, 1973, the Lord Baltimore Hotel staged a grand opening and served exotic dinner fare never before seen on the same table. The results were not exactly what the management had in mind.

Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Time Carl Pund Won The YoYo Championship, But Lost The Prize

Gil Sandler

  

Carl Pund, a young boy from West Baltimore, entered the Baltimore City yo-yo contest in 1964. The winner was to be awarded a trip to Disneyland. Carl won the championship, but he didn't win the trip.  A story of a winner's luck gone bad...

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The Time A Baltimore Chimp Became An Art Sensation

Gil Sandler

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.

Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Great Baltimore Cat Round-Up

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.

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