Gil Sandler's Baltimore Stories

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 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 April 18, 2014

Abe Sherman's Shack Attack

Abe Sherman's (unsightly, some thought) newsstand was located in the pocket park on Calvert Street at Lexington Street. City Hall leadership thought Abe's shack-of-a-newsstand didn't fit into the new Baltimore renaissance and started a war to have him and his shack removed.  But Abe fought back - and won. 

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Baltimore Stories
12:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Time Roosevelt's Funeral Train Chugged Through Baltimore

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in 1945, his funeral train passed through Baltimore's Penn Station - but only a few people were allowed to stand trackside and bid final farewells.  Among the onlookers was Congressman Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr and 12-year-old Franklin Delano Roosevelt D'Alesandro.  

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Lil' Tommy's Wedding Day

When Congressman Tommy D'Alesandro, Jr. married Nancy Lombardi, Little Italy - where they were both born and raised - became one vast, day long party of wining and dining.  A little too much of it caused Tommy and Nancy to change their honeymoon plans!  

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Baltimore Stories
10:16 am
Fri March 21, 2014

The Famous "Famous"

On the day of the Baltimore riots, police stopped all incoming vehicles at the city line and turned them back - save one.  This is the story of that one. 

    

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