WELL, Orioles fans, can you take this? A Denver Post...

Gallimaufry

May 28, 1994

WELL, Orioles fans, can you take this? A Denver Post reporter, Alan Gottlieb, in his book "In the Shadow of the Rockies" (as in the Colorado Rockies Baseball Team) quotes a Denver baseball fanatic's opinion about our beloved Camden Yards stadium.

"Camden Yards is definitely not a classic ballpark," says the fanatic, a fellow named Bruce Hellerstein, who built an idealized miniature baseball park in his back yard. "It's too cutesy. Its configuration is basically artificial. They've programmed all these eccentricities into it. A ballpark can't be classic unless it is defined by its surroundings. Wrigley Field is all crammed into one square block, for example, and it's a real organic part of that neighborhood."

Gallimaufry objects!

Isn't Oriole Park at Camden Yards "crammed in" by that colossal piece of authenticity, the B&O warehouse? Isn't the far from "cutesy" or "eccentric" Baltimore skyline looming beyond center field something that happened to exist long before the stadium came along? Isn't OPACY "defined" by its railroad origins, its network of surrounding highways and the light industrial atmosphere of its environs?

So it isn't plunked down inside a residential neighborhood. At least there is a neighborhood across Russell Street, and its residents probably have the same mixed feelings about baseball crowds that we once observed up in Baltimore's Waverly section.

To Mr. Hellerstein, we can only say, Ballderdash!

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AUTHOR James A. Michener, that sometime chronicler and resident of the Eastern Shore, has offered some advice to would-be collegians. It is contained in the most recent news letter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society:

"I find myself at age 87 more convinced than ever that a well-rounded liberal arts course is the one that provides the best foundation for whatever twists and turns one's life is going to take.

"During the last quarter of a century I had the opportunity to serve our federal and state governments in a wide range of activity. . . In all such activity I noticed that my fellow members of this committee or that one were overwhelmingly likely to be women and men with broad general educations.

"Scientists, physicians and tightly trained business executives were conspicuous by their absence, from which I concluded that the business of governing our democracy is usually left in the hands of those with a liberal education.

"I think we suffered, on every committee in which I participated, from not having physicians and scientists on our boards, and it is possible that those specialists were so intensely involved in their specialties that they could not spare the time. But they did leave the great business of governance to the liberal arts graduates, who discharged their duties rather capably."

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