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By Jacques Kelly | March 24, 2007
American Joe Miedusiewski has not held elective office since 1995, but he has never really left Annapolis either. He's a lobbyist and marketer for the Baltimore law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes. At 57, the former delegate and state senator from Canton is now a man to see for insider knowledge of the legislative process. "I'm working for my clients these days from dawn to dusk," he said yesterday as he was about to go into the Senate committee hearing on a proposal for a liquefied natural gas port at Sparrows Point.
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By Jacques Kelly | March 24, 2007
American Joe Miedusiewski has not held elective office since 1995, but he has never really left Annapolis either. He's a lobbyist and marketer for the Baltimore law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes. At 57, the former delegate and state senator from Canton is now a man to see for insider knowledge of the legislative process. "I'm working for my clients these days from dawn to dusk," he said yesterday as he was about to go into the Senate committee hearing on a proposal for a liquefied natural gas port at Sparrows Point.
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By Dennis G. Olver | September 9, 1994
THERE ARE a number of reasons not to vote for Democratic gubernatorial candidate American Joe Miedusiewski.For one thing, his wacky radio campaign commercials are amateurish. One that spoofs the old TV series, "The Andy Griffith Show," includes a sound-alike Barney Fife character; it's supposed to be a dig at rival candidate Parris Glendening's claim of being a police commissioner. As a Hyattsville city councilman Mr. Glendening helped oversee the police department.Commercials aside, a decision on state Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski ought to be made by looking in his own legislative district.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | June 30, 2003
Frank J. Miedusiewski, who ran the legendary shot-and-a-beer American Joe's Bar in Canton for 47 years, died Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center of a septic infection after collapsing at home June 13. He was 86 and had lived for the past seven years in Timonium. Born in Fells Point to Polish immigrants, Mr. Miedusiewski worked nearly every day at the bar that had been founded by his father, Josef, at 623-625 S. Luzerne Ave. in 1923, during Prohibition, said son American Joe Miedusiewski of Catonsville, who grew up above the bar. His father sold the bar in 1995, 58 years after he began helping out there, he said.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | August 9, 1994
American Joe Miedusiewski's eyes are dancing and his feet are feeling fine. He's just walked 30 miles across Montgomery County, where more people knew him than he'd expected, and his run for governor, once considered a laugh, is now considered a delight for all who love upsets.If he doesn't watch out, people will begin to take him seriously. He stood there Sunday night at a fund-raiser at Chiaparelli's Restaurant in Little Italy drinking beer straight from a bottle, and he seemed slightly awed that legions of the formerly distracted are beginning to pay attention.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | December 28, 1993
A governor named American Joe?Nah.''Come on,'' says American Joe Miedusiewski, who's heard this kind of talk and is running for governor anyway. ''What about Parris? Parris Glendening, huh? There's a name for you. Somebody gave this poor soul that name at birth. How's the name Parris gonna play where there's people dredging and fishing? And what about Mickey Steinberg? Governor Mickey? Come on, come on . . .''American Joe's not supposed to be here. He's not supposed to be running for governor of Maryland, for reasons owing to his name and his background, and he's not supposed to be standing at Greenmount and North avenues yesterday, because he's supposed to be strictly a Highlandtown and Canton and Fells Point kind of a guy, but there he was, anyway.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,Sun Staff Writer | February 1, 1994
SALISBURY -- The state senator from Baltimore with the vowel-laden last name made his first major foray onto the Eastern Shore yesterday, scoring points on the gubernatorial campaign trail with his folksy demeanor and willingness to listen.Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski, who launched his bid for the Democratic nomination in November, found willing audiences on a meeting-packed sweep across the Shore.They fumbled over the last name but remembered what the candidate considers the important part -- American Joe."
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | June 30, 2003
Frank J. Miedusiewski, who ran the legendary shot-and-a-beer American Joe's Bar in Canton for 47 years, died Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center of a septic infection after collapsing at home June 13. He was 86 and had lived for the past seven years in Timonium. Born in Fells Point to Polish immigrants, Mr. Miedusiewski worked nearly every day at the bar that had been founded by his father, Josef, at 623-625 S. Luzerne Ave. in 1923, during Prohibition, said son American Joe Miedusiewski of Catonsville, who grew up above the bar. His father sold the bar in 1995, 58 years after he began helping out there, he said.
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By DAN RODRICKS | November 8, 1993
Today we consider American Joe Miedusiewski (Met-A-Chef's-Ski): Nice guy, Pat Sajak hair, popular state senator from Southeast Baltimore, Friend Of Bill. But governor? I don't get it yet. What's his campaign motto going to be? "Vote for me. Clinton shot pool in my bar"?All this talk about American Joe running for governor started back in September, at the senator's annual crab feast at the Steelworkers Hall. There was a rumor circulating that AmJo might run for governor next year. It was quickly dismissed by most who heard it -- until Don Donaldo, the Lord High Governor, stood to endorse him. Very weird.
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By DAN BERGER | August 3, 1994
The only felon more dangerous than a godless man with gun is an armed man certain whom God wants murdered.American Joe is walking through Montgomery County. No Montgomerian ever would.
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By Mike Littwin | November 22, 1995
AMERICAN JOE Miedusiewski is coming to the Sun building to talk about, well, nekkid women.I am a little nervous, as I usually am when this topic -- American Joe, not nekkid women -- comes up.What do you call a guy named American Joe? Do you think his close friends call him U.S. Joe? On his charge card, does it say American Express Joe?He legally changed his name to American Joe because his family owned a bar named, coincidentally, American Joe's. He's pretty lucky, actually. The bar could have been called Les Deux Magots.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF | September 26, 1995
Another little piece of Baltimore will die this week when American Joe's Bar closes.Oh, the doors of the corner tavern will open again -- as Harry's American Bar -- but it won't be the same.The Canton landmark -- a family-owned business on the Northeast corner of South Luzerne and Foster Avenues -- will fade into the history of this city Friday, going the way of the shipyards, manufacturers and canneries that once fueled the economy of Southeast Baltimore.In this case, the owners, Frank and Frances Miedusiewski, are retiring after spending the past 47 years running the tavern that was founded as a malt and hops bar in 1923, during Prohibition.
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By DAN BERGER | May 5, 1995
The toughest Republican gutter fighters are ready for anything except two rounds in the ring with Dr. Henry Foster.If you call your secret armed gang a militia, that doesn't make it a militia.Dee Dee Myers as political editor of Vanity Fair? Don't they know fashion? They'll miss the GOP Chic story.The mayoral campaign is so low and vicious on both sides that some people will turn to any feasible alternative. Are you listening, Don? American Joe? Kweisi?
NEWS
By MICHAEL OLESKER | October 4, 1994
On Thames Street at the foot of Broadway, with the Fells Point Festival erupting in happy confusion all around him, Gene Raynor's standing outside his Waterfront Hotel Restaurant, and his old neighbor Aunt Marie's there with some of her lady friends, and the smell of pit beef and fried dough is in the air, and bands are playing loudly and sometimes on-key, when Raynor naturally decides it's the perfect time to do a spontaneous political poll."
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Sun Staff Writer | September 30, 1994
State Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski, the unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate who now finds himself agonizing over whom to endorse for Maryland's chief executive, yesterday backed Democrat Gerry L. Brewster in the race for Maryland's 2nd District congressional seat.With Steelworkers Hall on Dundalk Avenue as a backdrop and with Mr. Brewster at his side, Mr. Miedusiewski said he supports "someone I have served with for four years in the Maryland legislature, someone, who, like me, has made the war on crime a top priority.
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By Dennis G. Olver | September 9, 1994
THERE ARE a number of reasons not to vote for Democratic gubernatorial candidate American Joe Miedusiewski.For one thing, his wacky radio campaign commercials are amateurish. One that spoofs the old TV series, "The Andy Griffith Show," includes a sound-alike Barney Fife character; it's supposed to be a dig at rival candidate Parris Glendening's claim of being a police commissioner. As a Hyattsville city councilman Mr. Glendening helped oversee the police department.Commercials aside, a decision on state Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski ought to be made by looking in his own legislative district.
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By DAN BERGER | July 27, 1994
Citibank foreclosed on Towson.Israel is making peace with everyone. Those taking it hardest are the American true believers in maximalist Palestinian aspirations.Whitewater must have been a good investment. Congressional Republicans are sure investing in it.American Joe Who?
NEWS
By Frank A. DeFilippo | December 16, 1993
WHAT'S in a name, you ask? To hear American Joe Miedusiewski tell it, there's a promise of political music in the joyous jumble of vowels.American Joe Miedusiewski. It's as American as baseball and as ethnic as kielbasa. It's a statement, it's a slogan. It's a bumper sticker. It's a political consultant's dream. It's the only name on the roster of candidates for governor that comes with its own guide to phonetics, Med-a-SHEV-ski.And who else on the campaign circuit could get away with this smarmy riff: "I am not a career politician.
NEWS
August 20, 1994
THIS department recently received an envelope bearing the $1 Johns Hopkins commemorative stamp. The Postal Service issued it four years ago this summer to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the opening of Johns Hopkins Hospital. This beckons the question: How often has Baltimore and its famous residents been enshrined in postal history?Not many, was the answer gleaned from "The Postal Guide to U.S. Stamps." Baltimore-born Frederick Douglass has a commemorative stamp, issued in 1965 as part of a "Prominent Americans" block.
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By From Staff Reports CAMPAIGN 1994 | August 12, 1994
State Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski brought his walking man's campaign for governor home to Baltimore yesterday, pressing the flesh as he hiked from the city's west side to east, across North Avenue.Mr. Miedusiewski, the dark-horse Democrat who has represented East Baltimore in the legislature for the last 20 years, caught scores of unsuspecting citizens off guard with his willingness to take to the streets in old-fashioned campaign style."Hey, this is what it's all about -- you gotta connect with the people," said Mr. Miedusiewski, who walked across Montgomery County last week.
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