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Gil Sandler's Baltimore Stories

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Gilbert Sandler is one of Baltimore's most-read and well-known local historians. For more than thirty years, through his articles in the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Jewish Times, National Public Radio and his books and lectures, he has shown Baltimoreans, through anecdote and memory, who they are, where they have been and, perhaps, where they are going. He was educated in Baltimore's public schools and graduated from Baltimore City College; in World War II, he served in the United States Navy as a ship-board navigator in the Pacific. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has a master's from Johns Hopkins.

Archive prior to December 2014.

Biggest Crab Ever!!

Jan 24, 2014

Learn why the biggest crab ever caught in Maryland waters goes into the record book with an asterick and an explanation!

When Maryland's movie censors had the power to declare a movie indecent, it did - with a movie

called "The Moon is Blue".  Hear how the decision backfired.

A Ditty For "Our Land Of Pleasant Living"

Jan 10, 2014

When Baltimoreans sorely needed an uplifting song to sing - one that would bring them together - along came Mr. Boh, singing, "National Beer, National Beer..."  

Pure McKeldin!

Jan 3, 2014

The moment in history when Maryland;s Governor McKeldin announces to General Eisenhower that he (McKeldin) is "thinking of running for President myself"!

The story of a taxi cab abandoned on the Guilford Avenue El - two stories up.  But then again, it was

New Year's Eve in Baltimore...  

The undefeated City College football team went to the Orange Bowl to play undefeated Miami Heat and got beat - but not by Miami High.

Moonlighters taking the moonlight excursions down The Bay got more moon than they figured on! 

Stay Classy, Baltimore!

Dec 6, 2013

The Oriole cafeterias were made for fine dining, with slow dinner music accompanying - until the patrons made a choice - fast food over slow music! 

Wait For The Train To Pass Then Take Centerstage

Nov 29, 2013

The Baltimore theater that a train ran through—and the timing of its whistles challenged the actors to leave their scripts and adopt their lines to the whistles.

The story of how the traditional annual Hochschild Kohn "Thanksgiving Toytown Parade" was one vacuum cleaner away from not being a tradition at all!