Music teacher Brent Hardesty bids stadium a tuneful 0...


August 25, 1991|By --Mary Corey

Music teacher Brent Hardesty bids stadium a tuneful 0) farewell

Call it anticipatory grief, but Brent Hardesty has already found way to say so long to Memorial Stadium.

Next week, the public can hear his musical farewell to the ballpark when the cassette of "The Night the Lights Went Out" begins selling at participating local McDonald's for $2.99.

"There's an incredible amount of emotion about this thing, and I knew a lot of people were going to lock into what I was feeling," says Mr. Hardesty, 40.

You want emotion? Just listen to these lines from the chorus:

I thought I saw a tear in Brooks' eye

As the Oriole Bird was waving goodbye

To the park where we all spent a part of our lives

The night the lights went out on 33rd Street

In addition to writing songs, the Perry Hall husband and father of two teaches music at the Calvert School and creates radio jingles, including Mayor Kurt Schmoke's current campaign spot.

His dream is to win a Grammy one day, but for now Mr. Hardesty consoles himself with musical adventures ahead.

"I guess," he says, "Ronald McDonald and I will start singing duets together."

There's a nice ring to the title White House Fellow. For Charlene Douglas, the ninth of 10 children raised in the Cleveland housing project, the possibilities it presents are even nicer.

"I'll have the opportunity to find out how best to serve the largest number of people," says the 38-year-old nurse, one of 16 people selected from among 800 applicants nationwide to work for a year as members of the White House staff or as special assistants to members of the Cabinet. Starting in September, she'll be commuting from her Baltimore home to work in Washington as an assistant to Dr. Louis Sullivan, the secretary of Health and Human Services.

Ms. Douglas, who has two bachelor's degrees, a master's in public health and a variety of professional experiences as nurse and nursing instructor, is expecting her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health within the next few months. A top student, she financed her education with scholarships, loans and part-time jobs.

She credits her honors to her mother, who, she says, instilled in her children a respect for education, law-abiding behavior and themselves.

Other mothers can do it, too, says Ms. Douglas. "My mother never regarded herself as a victim, and that was very empowering."

--Gerri Kobren

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