October 20, 2002
It was simultaneously endearing and appalling, this idea of requiring a potential mate to pass a test of football trivia as a condition of matrimony. The concept forms a climactic scene in the movie Diner, when a character solemnly submits his fiancee to a rigorous exam on Baltimore Colts history. The bit delightfully conveyed the struggle between maturity and immaturity that is the crux of the film. It is one of the most memorable scenes in the movie, which was released 20 years ago and made pop culture heroes out of a clique of Forest Park High School grads upon whom the film was loosely based.
May 27, 2001
All this reminiscing about the Baltimore Colts started when a collection of business folks and political figures finally decided to tear down Memorial Stadium. I kept thinking back to my days as a Colts ballboy and training camp assistant. Then I decided to make a farewell visit to the long-vacant stadium. On a brisk morning in late January, I spent half an hour in the building that once felt to me like a shrine. I walked alone through the old Colts locker room and slowly made my way through the dark, narrow tunnel leading out to what used to be the field.
March 31, 2001
Founded: 1838 Location: Durham, N.C. Enrollment: 6,368 undergraduates Tuition and fees: $25,630 Famous alumni: Former American Red Cross president Elizabeth Dole; CNN anchorwoman Judy Woodruff; NBA player Grant Hill of the Orlando Magic; novelists Anne Tyler, Reynolds Price and William Styron. Academic ranking: No. 8 among national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report School colors: Royal blue and white Nickname: Blue Devils, after an Alpine unit of French soldiers noted for their courage in World War I. Last trip to Final Four: 1999 NCAA basketball titles: Two, 1991, 1992
June 20, 1999
''I have had a lifelong love affair with blue and white in its many variations," writes British decorative-arts expert Stephanie Hoppen in her new book, "Blue & White Living" (Clarkson Potter, $35).The book's reverential text and more than 250 eye-catching pictures -- including rooms, artwork, collectibles and furniture -- underscore Hoppen's belief that blue and white is one color combination that will never go out of style.Hoppen, who lives with and collects blue-and-white wares, includes these nuggets of blue-and-white wisdom in the book:* Be they wide or narrow, blue and white stripes always look crisp and fresh.
August 20, 1995
Ever since shipments of blue and white Chinese porcelain started to land in the West in the 17th century, it has been collected, displayed and sold for princely prices.Contrary to popular myth, it was never used as mere ship ballast. True, it was heavy and did help balance ships when it was stowed in the holds for the long voyage back to England and eventually the American Colonies. Records do show that British and American merchants advised the Chinese to make their porcelain a little heavier to withstand the rigors of the China Seas, but it was never cheap.
June 5, 1995
POLICE LOG* North Laurel: 9100 block of Bourbon St.: Tools and coins were stolen from a home Wednesday. Police said residents are in the process of moving.9600 block of Hitching Post: A 37-year-old woman who heard a noise at the patio door and peered outside saw a man in a blue and white shirt exposing himself late Sunday night. Police said the man ran after the victim screamed.9100 block of North Laurel Road: A blue 1986 Isuzu Imark with Maryland tags CFL-556 was stolen from the lot of the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center on Wednesday, police said.