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
5:18 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Famous Blue Bottle

In 1936, Baltimoreans walking about downtown knew something was missing. A mysterious vacuum was making itself felt. What was wrong was that the Baltimore sky line had changed - the giant bottle of Bromo Seltzer atop the Bromo Seltzer tower at 308 W. Lombard Street was suddenly missing from their view.

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Baltimore Stories
5:40 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Senator Mikulski Closes Connelly's

When Senator Mikulski heard, on the evening of Wednesday August 28, 1991, she was in her apartment on North Charles street - she dropped everything and ordered her limo downtown to a restaurant called Connelly's. The Senator had gotten the word that the old Baltimore restaurant was closing.

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Baltimore Stories
5:35 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Mooning the Moonlighters

On the Saturday night of July 7, 1937, crowds are making their way along the Light Street below Pratt to Pier 5, there to board the moonlight excursion boat, the Bay Belle. The boat would go down as far as Fort McHenry and then turn around and come back to Pier 5, an hour or so later.

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Baltimore Stories
6:07 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

The Birds, the Sox, the Hex

When in the fall of 1975, the Orioles were in a nail-biting playoff race with the Boston Red Sox, radio station's disc-jockey, in a madcap scheme that would make Baltimore history, persuaded National Beer to send him to Kenya in Africa - there to  persuade a witch doctor to put a hex on the Sox and insure an Oriole victory.

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Baltimore Stories
2:18 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Mechanic Life and Death

On the night of Saturday, January 16, 1967 the area under the marquee of the of the Mechanic Theater at Baltimore and Hanover streets in downtown Baltimore was all klieg lights an celebrities.


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