July 7, 2004
Big. Meat. Smoky. Hot. Yes, it was a macho, sweltering, one-syllable experience when we sampled Big Al's Pit Beef in Essex the other day. And, hey, there is nothing like a pit-beef dinner once in a while, especially at a perfectly competent, reasonably priced place such as Al's. It isn't much to look at, a little shack dominated by an enormous ventilator hood on top, sitting on a busy stretch of Eastern Avenue in Essex. Inside the un-air-conditioned eatery is a counter with a couple of stools, an enormous fan stirring the hot air, a few copies of community newspapers and not much else.
April 10, 1992
The American Jewish Theater will present "Angel of Death" and "Big Al," two one-act plays about Hollywood and its influence.Billy Hopkins is directing "Angel of Death," by the 26-year-old playwright Charlie Schulman, about the resurrection of Dr. Josef Mengele as a movie star."
August 23, 1996
Albert "Big Al" Bertino, 84, a Disney animator who created many of the attractions at Disneyland, died Sunday in Los Angeles.One of his most famous creations was Country Bear Jamboree, a stage show featuring an animatronic bear named "Big Al" that he said was his self-portrait. His other creations at the Anaheim, Calif., amusement park have been crowd favorites since the early days of Disneyland -- Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Treasure Island and the Haunted Mansion.Herb Cornuelle, 76, who at 38 was the youngest president in Dole Co. history, died of abdominal cancer Tuesday in Honolulu, Hawaii.
October 24, 2002
There are two key things to know about Big Al's of Fells Point. First, it's in Middle River (we'll explain the Fells Point bit later). Second, what's inside is much better than the slightly downtrodden outside would lead you to expect. Remember that old chestnut about deceptive appearances? Well, Big Al's defines that. All the food we ordered was top-notch, with the lone exception of a watery slab of flounder. The service was admirable, given that it was provided by a teen-age girl charged with seating, serving and busing four or five tables.
February 23, 2005
ALLEN "BIG AL" CONRAD, 53, of Long Beach, MS., died Friday, February 18, 2005 in Long Beach, MS. Big Al was born in Baltimore, Maryland and had been a resident of the coast for 30 years. He was retired from the US Navy and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was a member of the VNV/MC. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Conrad. He is survived by his Ol' Lady, Gayl "Angel" Tracy of Long Beach; his mother and stepfather, Frances and Joseph Houston of Joppa, Maryland; his son, Richard Le Normand of Gulfport; his daughter, Michelle Conrad of Gulfport; his brother, Michael Conrad of Baltimore, Maryland; and three grandchildren.
April 27, 1991
The Derby Trial doesn't carry the importance it once did. As far as the Kentucky Derby is concerned, it now means virtually nothing.From a bettors' standpoint, however, today's Trial at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., is a good one. The one-mile race will be simulcast to Pimlico and the Laurel inter-track outlet, and although it attracted no true Derby contenders, it drew an interesting field of 12.The most intriguing entrant is an unstarted colt Big...