Legislator called up
Three weeks of lobbying to be called to active duty with the Marines finally paid off for Delegate John C. Astle, D-Anne Arundel.
The 47-year-old legislator's call-up notice arrived Tuesday. A Marine Corps Reserve colonel, he was shot down twice and wounded twice while flying helicopters in Vietnam and has been lobbying the Pentagon to be called up ever since the Persian Gulf war started. He will be the first Maryland legislator called for active duty since the war began.