Gil Sandler's Baltimore Stories

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Jimmy Wu

8 hours ago

In 1946, a 25 year old James Fong Wu who has arrived in Baltimore at age four from Canton China, opened a Chinese restaurant at 2430 N. Charles Street, the New China Inn but which would come to be know as Jimmy Wu's. The going was hard, but one day after he had closed the restaurant for the long day, he sat down to eat his own Chinese dinner - complete with a fortune cookie. The fortune cookie read, he told friends, "you will have a long and successful life in the restaurant business." Which he did - all predicted by a fortune cookie.

Monroe Cornish

8 hours ago

On the evening of July 22, 1983 ten candidates running for mayor of Baltimore sat in a circle in the TV studios of WBAL-TV - each was invited to make the case why he should be mayor. Included were incumbent Mayor William Donald Schaefer, prominent attorney William Billy Murphy, and one other, a town character of sorts with no political experience but plenty of eccentric carryings-on named Monroe Cornish--whom everybody called crazy. But as the election turned out there was a question of who really was crazy.

Rennert Hotel

9 hours ago

About 8 o'clock  in the morning of December 1, 1939 , the telephone rang in the home of the Sage of Baltimore, H.L. Mencken, awakening him. The caller was the manager of the once and famous Rennert Hotel, then at the corner of Saratoga and Liberty Streets. The manager told Mencken that the Rennert was closing and and closing with it was Mencken's favorite dining room in the hotel, and invited him to a farewell party for the old place. What happened at the farewell party added to the history of the historic hotel.

Ethel Ennis

Sep 18, 2015

This is Ethel Ennis, Baltimore born and nternational renowned singer with the buttery soft voice, on opening night of Ethel's place, her cabaret-supper club across the street from the Meyerhoff. It is February 18,1985. This is the same Ethel Ennis who, born on Calhoun street in West Baltimore in 1938, was, by the time she was only seven playing a mean piano; by fifteen, she had cultivated her famous intimate style and was singing with blues and jazz artists: first in Baltimore, then throughout the country; then, London.


Sep 11, 2015

As a place to it it was strictly a second class cafeteria. But Bickford's on the east side of Calvert street between Baltimore and Fayette was called nothing less than "No. 10 Downing Street" - because  it was thought to be the center of Baltimore's political power, as No. 10 Downing Street was of Great Britain's. Here the politicians would crown kings and give them the power to remove the beaten. When the building was torn down in 1972 they who had decided who should be king and who should be removed were themselves removed.