Trying to woo Hollywood to Maryland's waterfront

This Just In...

March 27, 1998|By DAN RODRICKS

Virginia's Tangier Island is out, but wouldn't Maryland's Tilghman Island make a great location for that Kevin Costner-Paul Newman movie? Capt. Buddy Harrison, ever the Tilghman booster, thought it would. So, after reading about the Tangier Town Council's rejection of the film, he made call after call, eventually hooking up with a Warner Bros. representative. Three days later, WB scouts were on Tilghman sizing up possible locations for "Message in a Bottle." (Maybe Cap'n Buddy ought to send a bill to the Maryland Film Commission.) The WB scouts liked a lot of what they saw, Harrison reports, but didn't much care for the look of the Route 33 bridge under construction. "I'm not sure why," said Harrison, the well-known innkeeper and charter boat captain. "The new bridge is supposed to look just like the old bridge." It would be pretty neat if Tilghman scored the PG-13 film - rejected on moral grounds this month by Tangier's born-again Christian leadership - but apparently it's up against other waterfront sights from New England to North Carolina. Watch this space. ... Maryland was named after the wife - Queen Henrietta Maria - of King Charles I of England. Had John Waters been king, we'd be living in Divineland. ... Speaking of Waters, I think he ought to find a role in a film soon for Miss Tony, the morning glory of 92Q (92.3-FM). She might be the "new" Miss Tony, sans wig, but she still has that certain je ne sais quoi that dances hard at the crossroads of genders. I can't wait to see what Miss Tony wears to the 92Q People's Choice Music Awards (Sunday night at the Grand)! Feathers, I'm hoping for feathers. ... Sign on the door of the Wagon Wheel restaurant, Hereford: "Please remove fishing waders." (And check your rod at the door.)

Hot dog, with heart

From one of our trusted correspondents, Local Girl (close friend and soul mate of TJI contributor Cereal Mom): "This happened at a pizza-sub shop we probably shouldn't identify. Let's just say it happened at a busy and popular takeout in a North Baltimore shopping center. There are tables and chairs for customers. It's a place where the haves and the have-nots are in close enough proximity to cause some social chafing. It's become increasingly common to see some down-and-out folks among the well-to-do folks there. On a recent Sunday, I was enjoying a little private time with a steak sub and the latest copy of Entertainment Weekly when I became aware of a highly fragrant man. He was seated nearby and he was counting every piece of silver and copper in his pocket, just to have enough for a hot dog. He was way short, but the counter guy let him have it, and he was genuinely magnanimous about it in a way that made me feel very good about the place. I resolved to get my steak subs nowhere else."

Artful Dodge

Conrad Bladey, the Linthicum art car creator, is bursting with joy for the outpouring of bumper stickers from TJI readers. Dozens of them arrived after we reported the death-by-arson of Bladey's first art car, Sticker, and the development of a &r replacement, Sticker II. The sequel is a 1989 Dodge Shadow, and Bladey is well on the way toward coating it in stickers. He's very grateful for readers' support of his eccentric, artistic expression.

"The largest number of stickers was sent by Virginia Chin of the Edmondson area," Bladey reports. "She provided several hundred from what must have been a lifetime collection. I also thank Joan Rhoades, Chuck's Comics, J. Laddbush, E.W. Jones, Murf, April Smith, Mary Walke, Linda Allen, the Dises, Shirley Greenbaum, Fred Worthington, Bruce Harris, Bready, Mr. and Mrs. Alan DeGarmo, Jeff Davis, Steve Ariosa and all the anonymous donors. Thanks to all those who left them under my wiper blades. You are all honorable patrons of the arts!

"I also want to thank all those who let themselves be moved by vTC Sticker II when it comes down the road. Your smiles have brightened the world. The ability to smile in this world of ours is becoming a lost art. Keep up the good work."

Bladey promises Sticker II will be on display at Artscape this summer.

Among the favorite stickers received from TJI readers: "I climbed Mount Clare. I Visualize World Pizza. I Visit Highlandtown. ... I love cats. Want to trade recipes? I Meet me at The Belvedere. ... I brake for leprechauns." Bladey also received stickers of politicians - from Nixon and Agnew to Mikulski and Sarbanes. "We thrive," Bladey smiles, "on keeping old campaigns going - Sachs, Waxter, Mills, Beall, Brent and Bauman."

So many bumper stickers, so little space on a Dodge Shadow.

"What is it about bumper stickers?" Bladey asks. "Whatever it is, it is American and it nourishes the world."

Flat-out unlucky

We have had two Friday the 13ths this year, but Bruce McLellan has had three - one of which occurred Thursday the 19th. (How can Friday the 13th occur Thursday the 19th? Read on. With any luck, you'll see what I mean.)

McLellan, 4-to-midnight assignment editor for the Channel 2 news operation, was driving home to Anne Arundel County when his road-weary car broke down on the Potee Street bridge in South Baltimore. A nice officer from Southern Police District agreed to wait on the bridge with McLellan until a tow truck could get there.

But while the cop was sitting in his patrol car, he experienced a sudden, sinking feeling. One of his tires went flat.

Wait. There's more.

The tow truck took forever to get to the bridge. When an anxious McLellan inquired about the delay - it was now about 3 a.m. - he was told the tow truck also had a flat.

Some guys have all the luck.

Pub Date: 3/27/98

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