A few dozen entries from a summer wish list

This Just In . . .

August 21, 1998|By Dan Rodricks

Things we'd like to see: Dustin Hoffman playing the main character, Nate, in Barry Levinson's new film, "Liberty Heights." (Hey, it might happen. I hear that Hoffman's people have been talking with Levinson's people, and Levinson has worked with Hoffman in several movies and, if it happens, you heard it here first, baby!)

More things we'd like to see:

Bulldozers ripping down the failed outlet center at Kent Narrows, along U.S. 50 on the Eastern Shore. The state should turn that whole area into wetlands again.

The Red Sox dropping five straight.

Ken Griffey going on a home-run tear. I made a bet. Remember?

A telecast of an Orioles game without a camera shot of a player, coach or manager spitting out the shells of sunflower seeds.

A Dutch Ruppersberger Beanie Baby.

More movies rated G.

A store in Baltimore that sells Gaspar's linguica and Portuguese sweet bread.

Lisa Simeone, Dina Napoli, Lisa Torockio and Jean Marbella forming an all-female, journalists-with-Italian-surnames boccie team for the St. Gabriel Festival in Little Italy this weekend. I mean, why not?

A law against hand-held car phones. Speakers in cars are OK. It's the yappers with one hand on the wheel, one on the phone, doing 90 on I-95 who make us nervous.

Completion of the 6-mile Canton-to-Locust Point Harborwalk promenade. It would be great if we could ever get it done. (More on this in a future column.)

And things we'd like to hear:

Dutch Ruppersberger announcing that he's lending John Bishop about $200,000 - just to make the campaign interesting.

A local band, loaded with brass, playing a rockin' blues version of the theme from "The Untouchables" TV show.

Mike Mussina sounding happy, even buoyant, after he wins a game.

Kweisi Mfume suggesting that he'd consider running for mayor.

Paul Devine's voice on the telephone telling me he's making fried clams, New England-style, at the Crab Pot in Lexington Market.

Mike O'Meara's imitation of the addled Morey Amsterdam on "The Don & Mike Show."

WBAL Radio's morning sports guy, Mark Viviano, telling us who won last night - before he tells us who's pitching tonight. First things first, Viv.

A long version of that fantastic big-band, sexy, swingin' theme to the "Stan the Fan" show on WJFK-AM.

And things I'd like to do:

Locate the owner of that slate-and-pink Edsel I spotted on the Beltway in June. I wanna cruise Ritchie Highway with that guy.

Beat my computer at hearts.

Fish for bass on Otter Pond on Gibson Island.

Get to Knoebels Grove Amusement Park, in Pennsylvania, before the summer ends.

Eat a nice tomato sandwich over the sink.

The arm still works

Many seasons have passed since a 16-year-old Kurt Schmoke led the City College High School Knights to a 52-6 victory in the 1965 City-Poly game. But the aging quarterback, who turns 49 this year, still has a live arm.

In a passing exhibition at the new Ravens stadium, Schmoke faced off against three of the city's toughest QBs: Poly's Timothy Frazier, Dunbar's Leonard Ferguson and City's Jawan Yancey.

Tossing from 12 yards back into a circular target the size of a basketball hoop, two of the high schoolers went four for 10 and one went five for 10. Not bad.

Then it was the mayor's turn.

It was suggested he throw from a mark closer to the target. Schmoke waved this off. He handed his sports jacket to an aide and, still wearing a tie and suspenders in the muggy heat, he just barely missed the first toss. The next three throws went wide.

But then he drilled the last six to win the competition.

Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne, who's seen some of the game's best perform, was impressed: "He looked like a QB who had been battered a lot. He didn't come over his shoulder, the ball came shooting right out of the shoulder. He was more like the late Johnny Unitas than the early Johnny Unitas."

In exchange for the mayor's participation, the team contributed $5,000 to the city schools' athletic department.

A welcoming line

"Gorgeous George Washington!"

That's the cheery phone greeting received by callers to Baltimore's George Washington Elementary School, on Scott Street on the edge of the shadows of the new Ravens stadium. School secretary Shenetta Bowling says she's been answering the phone that way for three years. Here's hoping that bright spirit can catch on through the entire city school system on opening day, Aug. 31.

Contact Dan Rodricks at 410-332-6166, by mail at The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or by e-mail at TJIDAol.com

Pub Date: 8/21/98

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