1991 The Year In Numbers

December 16, 1991|By Jean Marbella

The amount of popcorn sold at the Senator Theatre this year was incorrectly stated Monday in an article in the Today section. The amount is actually 10,700 pounds.

The Sun regrets the errors.

What a year -- we can't wait for it to end, already!

War, recession, layoffs, highly televised battles between the sexes -- 1991 was one of the worst years we can remember. Of course, we had some fun, especially in Baltimore where Queen Elizabeth came to Memorial Stadium and Claude Monet came to the Baltimore Museum of Art.

But words fail us when we try to describe this year, so we've decided to let numbers tell the story. Here, then, is an entirely serendipitous, pseudo-scientific listing of some vital statistics for 1991.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

SUCH SWEET SORROW

Number of times Donald Trump and Marla Maples broke up: 3

Number of times they got back together: 3

HOTTEST SHOWS IN TOWN

At the Baltimore Museum of Art: "Claude Monet: Impressionist Masterpieces," opened Oct. 13, closing Jan. 19 next year.

* Attendance: 130,000 in first eight weeks, and still running.

* Number of Monet paintings on display: 32

At the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Mahler's Eighth Symphony ("Symphony of a Thousand"), June 13, 14 and 15.

* Attendance: 6,750.

* Number of musicians and singers on stage: almost 500.

At the Senator Theatre: "Fantasia," Jan. 25 to Feb. 10.

* Attendance: 15,300.

* Pounds of popcorn sold this year: 10,700,000

At the Mechanic Theatre: "The Buddy Holly Show," opened Dec. 10 through Jan. 5.

* Attendance: 1,500 a night the first two nights.

* Top ticket price: $42.50.

* Amount raised during opening night benefit for Blue Cross Blue Shield: $36,000.

At Memorial Stadium in its final season:

* Orioles attendance this year: 2,552,753

* Team won-loss record: 67-95

* Orioles attendance last year: 2,535,208

* Team record: 76-85

* Most famous visitor: Queen Elizabeth, May 15

* Number of innings she saw: 2 1/2

* Final score: Oakland Athletics 6; Orioles 3

SEX, LIES, ETC.

Average CNN ratings during hearings on Anita Hill's accusations about Clarence Thomas: 2.9

CNN ratings for first two days of William Kennedy Smith's rape trial: 1.1 and 1.2

Average CNN ratings for all of last year: 0.7

WELCOME BACK

Number of spectators who attended June 10 Desert Storm parade in New York: 4,700,000

Number of Gulf War troops in parade: 12,000

Pounds of confetti showered on them: 10,000

Number of spectators who attended June 8 Desert Storm parade in Washington: 200,000

Number of Gulf War troops in parade: 8,800

Number of days the war lasted: 43

HIGH COST OF RUNNING

How much Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke raised for his re-election campaign: $1,596,881.

Number of votes he received: 64,404

Cost per vote: $24.79

How much his Republican opponent Samuel L. Culotta raised: about $1,500

Number of votes: 25,015

Cost per vote: 6 cents

How much David Duke raised for his losing campaign for governor of Louisiana: $1,370,667

Percentage from out-of-state: 47

Number of contributors from Maryland: 145

BUSH-ed

President Bush's approval rating in January: 79 percent

In March: 91 percent

In October: 67 percent

In November: 51 percent

TIGHTENED PURSE STRINGS

How much U.S. consumers spent in October 1991: $152.89 billion

How much they spent in October 1990: $3.73 trillion

THE CITY THAT READS

Number of books loaned by the Pratt Library this year (projected): 1,748,256

Number loaned last year: 1,630,403

MADE IN MARYLAND

Number of Goetze's creams: 547,200,000

Number of bottles of Pompeian Olive Oil: 36,864,000

Number of items packaged at McCormick's Hunt Valley plant: 37,311,669 dozen

Number of movies filmed: 6

BITING COMMENTARY

Cost of making Michael Jackson's video, "Black or White": $4 million

Number of times, according to Entertainment Weekly, Michael Jackson touches his private parts: 13

Number of minutes, initially: 11

Number of minutes, after complaints about sex and violence led to editing: 7

JUST PLAIN BITING

Number of times in a major movie a main character takes bite out of another character: 2 (Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs" and Robert DeNiro in "Cape Fear"

ONE RINGY-DINGY

Area Code in Baltimore and eastern half of Maryland at start of year: 301

Area Code at end: 410

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