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
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 Time A Baltimore Chimp Became An Art Sensation

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

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.

Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Baltimore's Song That Nobody Knows

 The story of the song nobody knows: Baltimore City's "song" was written by a Sun paper reporter who wrote poetry on the side.

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri June 27, 2014

The Time Baltimore Had All The Money

Gil Sandler

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.   

The Time Baltimore Had All The Money

Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Death To The Blue Laws!

Death To The Blue Laws!

Back in the 1930s, Baltimore's retail stores and much of the city itself was shut down on Sunday in strict observance of Baltimore City's "Blue Laws."

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The Time Gloria Lockerman Misspelled Meerschaum

Gil Sandler

The story of the young girl from the Baltimore City public schools who came very close to being America's champion speller in 1955.

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Did The Seal Pool Shrink? Nah, Mayor Schaefer Added Some Poundage

Did The Seal Pool Shrink? Nah, Mayor Schaefer Added Some Poundage

In 1981, Mayor Schaefer threatened to jump into the Seal Pool of The National Aquarium if construction was not finished on time.

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The Time Eddie Rosenfeld Changed The Look Of Baltimore

The Time Eddie Rosenfeld Changed The Look Of Baltimore

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.

Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The Time Baltimorean Anne Wiggins Brown Nailed Her Gershwin Audition

The Time Baltimorean Anne Wiggins Brown Nailed Her Gershwin Audition

After a gifted, young African American singer from Baltimore landed the part of "Bess" in George Gershwin's opera "Porgy," the opera was renamed "Porgy and Bess." She was that good. Along the way, the history of American music changed, too.

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