Science and charity work keep Dr. J. Tyson Tildon busy
J. Tyson Tildon is everything you'd expect a scientist not to be.
He writes poetry. He uses profanity. He even compares the joys of science to sex.
"I like the soundness of science," explains the 60-year-old pediatrics professor at the University of Maryland Medical Center. "I like the Eureka of it. There's nothing so satisfying. It's better than an orgasm."
If he raises a few eyebrows, Dr. Tildon still gets the job done -- and well.
He's credited with doing important studies on the causes of strokes and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
He's also helped found Associated Black Charities, which in six years has donated $2 1/2 million to various causes.
On Thursday, he'll receive a humanitarian award from Associated Black Charities at a fund-raiser at the Meyerhoff featuring Ray Charles.
He modestly accepts the praise for his work. "I'm a little embarrassed about all this," says Dr. Tildon, a father of four and grandfather who lives in Northwood with his wife, a physician.
Although he routinely works long days, he rarely tallies up the hours he spends in the lab or classroom.
"It's like if you go skiing, you don't calculate how long you spend on the slope," he explains. "You just ski." How do you say goodbye to a place that's been your home away from home for 34 years?
If you're Bob Brown, Orioles publications director, and the place is Memorial Stadium, you write about it.
That's what he did roughly six months ago, and the finished product, "House of Magic," recently hit bookstores. Edited and partially written by Mr. Brown, the compilation of essays is a history of the ballpark and its predecessor, Municipal Stadium.
"A lot of sports history has taken place here, and people are feeling a little sad," said Mr. Brown, a father of five who lives in Riderwood with his wife of 33 years.
So far, 8,000 books (priced at $12) have been sold. They're available at most bookstore chains and at Greeting & Readings.
Working on the project proved cathartic for the 59-year-old baseball fan.
"I knew this would be a labor of love," he said, "and I was right."