Maybe he can handle Capitol Hill, but howabout Final Jeopardy?

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October 14, 2005|By LAURA VOZZELLA

Politics isn't for shrinking violets, and what better time to toot your own horn than when you're running for U.S. Senate?

So Allan J. Lichtman, an American University professor hoping to be Maryland's newest Democratic senator, does a little bragging on his campaign Web site.

He talks about his education: Brandeis (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard (Ph.D).

His six books.

His voting rights work that "ended the egregious dual system of registration in Mississippi; brought voting rights to African-Americans in Selma, Alabama, the birthplace of the Voting Rights Act; established the first opportunities for Latinos to elect candidates of their choice to the Los Angeles County government. ..."

His powers of political pontificating: "For two decades I have worked to shape the great political debates of our time as a commentator for CNN, BBC, and other major networks."

And the biggie:

"He defeated twenty opponents on [the] nationally syndicated quiz show Tic Tac Dough." Maybe Wink Martindale will give him the nod.

Has 007 met his match in Charm City?

Does the new James Bond like his Natty Bohs shaken or stirred?

Sony Pictures announces today that British actor Daniel Craig - in Baltimore filming The Visiting with Nicole Kidman - will star as 007.

Much is being made of the fact that Craig will be the first blond Bond.

But he won't be the first with a Charm City connection - a link that might give Craig some pause.

Take George Lazenby.

Name not ringing a bell? That's because he was a Bond bomb, starting and ending his turn as the debonair agent in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

His link to B'more: married to Pam Shriver, local gal and Tennis Hall of Famer.

And consider Pierce Brosnan, who had a decent run of it but ultimately, and unceremoniously, had his license to kill yanked.

A couple of his Bond movies had charity premieres at the Senator Theatre because Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, the late, original producer of the Bond films, had been hospitalized at Hopkins. (An aortic diseases research center there bears his name.)

If Craig is brave enough to stare down the Baltimore curse, maybe they should shoot the new movie, Casino Royale, here.

Might be the only way to get slots in Maryland.

Ya gotta have heart to be art in this town

It's not easy being burnished aluminum.

Not if you're also five stories tall, shaped like a hermaphroditic gingerbread man, and subjected to the barbs of armchair art critics.

Maybe the pressure finally got to him. Or is it her? Them?

Male/Female is on the fritz.

After passing its first, difficult year outside Baltimore's Penn Station, Jonathan Borofsky's sculpture started acting up. The pulsating light at its heart was off for most of the summer. It blinked on again a couple of weeks ago.Then off again. Then on again.

"We don't know - heart attack?" said architect Peter Doo, vice president of the Municipal Art Society, the nonprofit group that commissioned the $750,000 piece as a gift to the city.

The city is calling in an electrician and a rep from the Boston company that installed the light to try to get to the bottom of it.

The light is known as a "Super LED," or light-emitting diode, the same technology used on the scoreboards at Camden Yards.

While they're trouble-shooting Male/Female, maybe the techies can figure out how to fix the Orioles scores.

Some like it hot, but not in the garden

City Hall was getting a little too spicy, what with all the Zane talk lately.

Maybe that's why city gardeners yanked out the red-hot pepper plants from around 100 N.

Holliday the other day.

Since summer, the ornamental chilis had sprouted in the municipal flower beds where marigolds and petunias usually bloom.

"I thought it would be a kick to put them out in front of City Hall," says Bill Vondrasek, chief horticulturist in the Department of Recreation and Parks.

A kick of another sort might have helped the plants stay looking good until fall, when it was time to swap them out for tulip bulbs and pansies. Could be that the little red peppers kept some plant-eating critters at bay.

"We've had planting beds before that have had burrow-looking holes," Vondrasek said. "I can't imagine a rat would eat a hot pepper. It doesn't look like they were touched the whole summer."

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