Knew Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest was...

EVERYONE ALWAYS

May 01, 1993

EVERYONE ALWAYS knew Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest was eccentric. The way he communes with the blue herons in Kennedyville, his Eastern Shore hometown; the fact he once holed up with his kids on a remote forest preserve out west to count moose -- he's not your ordinary congressman.

Now, however, Mr. Gilchrest has revealed that his offbeat tastes extend into the culinary realm as well.

Chick & Ruth's Delly in Annapolis, famous for naming sandwiches for politicians, recently announced it would add a sandwich in honor of Mr. Gilchrest, who just moved into an office above the Main Street eatery. They asked him to choose the one he liked best.

Here's what he said: peanut butter and mayonnaise on a roll.

That's right. Peanut butter and mayonnaise. Yes, yes, it'disgusting, but he's serious about this.

Mr. Gilchrest is smart enough to realize that his preferred PB&M wouldn't be a popular choice. So he agreed to keep the mega-sandwich that was named after his vanquished predecessor, former Rep. Tom McMillen. Like its namesake, the McMillen sandwich was a flashy affair -- a half-pound of hot corned beef, pastrami and Swiss cheese on rye -- and always a best-seller.

But if you find yourself in a Gilchrest kind of mood, it's a safe bet that Chick & Ruth's will be more than willing to smear some peanut butter and mayo on a roll for you.

Mmmm. Bon Appetit.

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HIGH ON THE long list of life's little annoyances is the dripping coffee pot. We're referring to the glass pots that come with automatic coffee makers. Four out of five of them (in one unscientific survey) have badly designed spouts: when you pour your first cup in the morning, half dribbles on the counter and floor; when you put the pot on the burner, it fizzles (no doubt reducing the life of the coffee maker).

Automatic coffee makers are technological wonders with built-in clocks and timers that grind beans and brew coffee while you sleep. They do everything but sing. But they can't pour efficiently. Most are made by the Japanese. Think of that next time you feel a twinge of inferiority over automobiles, TV sets and VCRs. The Japanese may possess superior technology, but they can't produce a simple dripless spout!

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ONE PASSAGEWAY of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, about U.S. reaction to the rise of Nazism in the 1930s, displays nine enlargements of newspaper front pages of the period. Two are this newspaper.

Older readers will remember the bylines, on other stories, of three distinguished former colleagues of ours who are thus made prominent to a new generation of readers: Paul Ward, Gerald Griffin and C. P. Trussel. Their new fame, however inadvertent, was long earned.

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