Not the best Santa question
AS THE audience departed last Saturday from Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts after Ballet Theater of Annapolis' performance of its children's ballet, "Santa's Workshop," a mother began channeling the experience for her son.
"Did you see all the toys in Santa's workshop? Weren't the dolls wonderful? Did you see Mr. and Mrs. Santa?"
"Mo-om," said the little boy in the voice of long experience. "I already know what you're gonna ask me."
"What?" asked his mother.
"You always wanna know which one did I like best."
At that point, they got into their car, and the one he liked best remains a mystery. CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS flooded the big K Mart on Ritchie Highway in Pasadena last Saturday, snapping up some of the best grab-bag and Secret Santa offerings in the area. Except for the three-pack of Planter's nuts.
"How are you supposed to get them?" said a would-be nut buyer stretching toward an arch of Planter's boxes arranged artfully -- but way too high -- over the toy department. She looked around plaintively for a sales person, a stool or a fallen pack of nuts. No luck. Then a guy walked by, at least 6 feet tall from the look of him. "Excuse me, sir," she pounced, "could you help me?" He complied in the spirit of the season and plucked a package of nuts from the arch.
Getting hot about fire line
COUNTY POLICE trying to protect crowds of onlookers from the shooting flames of the Main Street fire in Annapolis Tuesday night arrested a Greenbelt man.
Dean Edwards Cavalier, 47, was charged with interfering and disorderly conduct when he ignored officers' warnings to stay behind the fire line, police said.
Cavalier tried several times just after 6 p.m. to cross the line after he saw his brand new Mercury Mountaineer, parked in front of one of the burning buildings, being pelted with debris, police said.
"He was understandably upset," said Capt. Zora Lykken, Annapolis police spokeswoman. "For his safety and for officers' safety, we could not allow him near the truck. He had to be physically restrained."
Lykken added that an unidentified woman slipped and injured her wrist on State Circle when she tried to cross the fire line. Police warned the woman three times against crossing the line, Lykken said, but she continued to tempt fate.
"The third time God convinced her," Lykken said. She injured herself on the third try.
TaNoah Morgan PEARL HARBOR Day remains fresh in many minds five decades later.
Ringing phones in his Annapolis home and office made that point clearly for this reporter, who wrote a Pearl Harbor article in The Sun that was reprinted nationwide.
Nearly 30 people from Texas, Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Las Vegas phoned. And Robert Reynolds called -- standing alongside U.S. 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., jets roaring over his head to the nearby Fort Lauderdale International Airport.
You see, the self-described "amateur historian" had important information, he yelled into the phone, about World War II. And it couldn't wait.
Reynolds had read a local reprint of the Sun story about Edward Kimmel, son of the late Adm. Husband Kimmel, who was in charge of the U.S. Navy fleet at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed by the Japanese. The story was about Edward Kimmel's efforts to get the U.S. government to exonerate his father, who was demoted and blamed for the Dec. 7, 1941, attack.
According to Reynolds, Husband Kimmel was not to blame. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was, because he knew about the raid in advance and did nothing about it. Other top U.S. officials and soldiers knew, too. So did Churchill.
All the callers shared an obsession with what they consider the yet-to-be-told true story of that "day of infamy" 56 years ago.
"I just hope that some day the truth comes out," Reynolds said, and hung up.
Seeing through the smoke
REPORTS THAT the owners of the buildings that burned in Annapolis Tuesday had not installed sprinkler systems must have had some effect.
Friday morning, squeezed among the delivery trucks on Market Space, in front of Maria's Italian Ristorante, was a faded red van with yellow lettering.
"Livingston Fire Protection Inc.," the letters said. "Sprinkler Systems."
Joel McCord Pub Date: 12/14/97