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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

The Time Bill Haley Closed Keith's Theater

Gil Sandler

The Time Bill Haley Closed Keith's Theater

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

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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

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How Baltimore Practiced Downtown Traffic Control In The 1970s

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

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The Time The Lord Baltimore Hotel Got Indigestion

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

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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

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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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