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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 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 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.

Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri May 16, 2014

You...And You And You May Kiss The Bride

During WWII, Baltimore's Penn Station was a busy, frenetic point of arrival and departure for thousands of servicemen and women.  The station had a lot going on within it - including perhaps what was the first wedding ever to be performed in a railroad station.  A lot of soldiers and sailors got to kiss the bride!  

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri May 9, 2014

When Duckpin Bowling Became A Thing

Two ex-baseball players sitting in a duck blind on the Eastern Shore, see a flight of ducks take off and scatter upwards.  The moment proved inspirational, and brought into being "duckpin bowling".  It changed an industry and a national pastime. 

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Gone With The Wind

Lexington Street, between Charles and Liberty streets was one of Baltimore's busiest, boasting a department store and three theaters.  One theater was The Century - where the Baltimore premiere of "Gone With The Wind" was shown.  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...".    

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