Cat's accidental tour wasn't round trip

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January 12, 1998|By DAN RODRICKS

I don't do lost-cat stories, but today I'll make an exception because Genoa Flotsam Ebbcat presents possible proof of that nine-lives business. This brown-and-gray tabby, pet of sailboat dwellers Mike Province and Anne Andrews, apparently survived a fast 12-mile trip atop the ski-racked roof of a Jeep Cherokee from Annapolis to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. It jumped Jeep near the BWI train station. Genoa's keepers believe she's alive, and they're looking for her.

This happened Tuesday. Genoa apparently slipped away from her keepers' 33-foot sloop-rigged sailboat, berthed in the Eastport section of Annapolis, and climbed atop the roof of the Cherokee while it was parked outside a nearby condominium. The owner of the Cherokee took off in a hurry for the train station Tuesday afternoon, apparently unaware he had a 10-month-old tabby aboard.

When he got to the train station, he discovered the cat on his roof. The man was startled. So was the cat. The man took off to catch his train. The cat scampered.

Mike Province and Anne Andrews learned about Genoa's accidental journey two nights later, when they were posting lost-cat fliers and encountered the man with the Jeep. He told his story.

"He said [Genoa] still had her tear-away collar on when he saw her at the train station," says Province, still amazed about how the cat came to be lost. Part of the trip to BWI included a stretch of Interstate 97, where the speed limit is 65 mph. Province figures Genoa just hunkered down and held on.

One thing is certain: The cat survived the trip. It ran away when the driver got out of the Cherokee, and some workers at the train station noticed a stray tabby (without its collar) the next day. Province and Andrews spent Saturday morning searching for their cat. They're offering a $300 reward for its safe return.

Guv didn't dance

On Friday morning, when the governor of Maryland trod the alternately rainy, wind-swept and suddenly sunny sidewalks of Catonsville to inspect the site of a planned $2.1 million street beautification project, he was ushered into Bill's Music House on Frederick Road.

After viewing some of the 1,000 guitars there, he was shown a special room where professional quality speakers, amplifiers and lighting equipment are on display. Picture, if you can, the smiling but characteristically starched governor, in his windbreaker, coat and tie, followed by a large entourage of aides, local elected officials and reporters, entering ... disco heaven.

Bill's employees cranked up a loud electronic show for the guv, with whirling mirrored orbs in the ceiling, strobes, flashing colors and pulsing, throbbing get-down-tonight beat. One would have expected a young John Travolta in his best Saturday night togs. Alas, the governor did not boogie, and there was no dancing among the pols. Now, had Ellen Sauerbrey been there ...


Video producer Greg Landry was jogging from Federal Hill to the Hyatt Regency the other day when he distinctly overheard a woman blame our recent quirky weather pattern on "El Camino." ) ... E-mail from "Millennium Watcher" makes the following declaration: "The hardest-working dude in B'more is the doorman at Hard Rock Cafe." Can't much argue with him, either. More, MW, more. TJI loves reader observations. ... Only in Baltimore: One of the motels on Pulaski Highway still advertises "touch-tone phones."

Patient winner

Fred Cusimano, a Baltimore public school official, was the first TJI reader to correctly identify the subject of this year's Historical Clinicopathological Conference at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Sizing up the first set of clues offered in this space Wednesday, Cusimano believed the mystery patient was George Armstrong Custer, the flamboyant 19th-century Army commander. The vast majority of readers believed the man in the "X file" was Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. By Friday, however, when more clues were offered, more readers jumped aboard the Custer wagon.

Still, many readers believed the patient was George S. Patton, another flamboyant military leader, albeit a 20th-century one. Ernest Hemingway and Theodore Roosevelt each received dozens of votes, as well. Douglas MacArthur was the choice of a few readers. Jerome "Curly" Howard, the funniest of The Three Stooges, got TJI reader Joe Nash's vote.

For identifying the patient correctly, Fred Cusimano gets a front-row seat at Friday's conference. A few other readers who guessed early and correctly - Larry Armstrong, Roy Maynor, Mike Radinsky, Dr. William Bruther, Bob Grace, Emmett Nanna and Stephanie Lerch - will receive a consolation prize.

As for Custer, he'll be analyzed by Dr. David Mallott, associate professor of psychiatry. Officially, Mallott has not been given his patient's name. But I'm guessing he figured it out after being handed a case file that identified his patient as a "36-year-old, highly decorated military officer" who exhibited "reckless disregard for personal safety and the safety of others."

Furthermore, Mallott has this strong clue to work with: "In the face of convincing evidence of an overwhelmingly superior enemy force, [patient] orchestrates a defeat so severe that it culminates in the annihilation of his personal command of over 200 men. It also results in his own death, as well as the deaths of two of his three brothers, a favorite nephew and a brother-in-law."

Only one man fits that description.

Pub Date: 1/12/98

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