March 4, 2007
When American Dime Museum owner-curator Dick Horne auctioned off his mass of oddities Monday, he raised $107,000 but kissed goodbye such wonders as a 9-foot Peruvian mummy ($3,000) and a monkey automaton ($2,100). Now that fate has banged down its gavel on the Dime, we wondered: What is Baltimore's quirkiest collection now? Do you own 3,241 pairs of bowling shoes? Is your cousin's basement overrun with Elvis hairpieces? Does your friend have an entire room devoted to gourds that resemble politicians?
September 8, 1995
"I only represent those people in the clutches of powerful government, who are activists from the left or center or those who are being persecuted . . . I choose very politically," William Kunstler said in an interview with The Sun last spring.He put it another way once, saying, "I'm not a lawyer for hire. I only defend those I love." Statements like that, plus his flamboyance, his gift for choosing high profile clients and his keen sense of p.r. made him probably "the most controversial lawyer since Clarence Darrow," as one observer of the legal scene put it.It also made him many enemies.
May 3, 1998
When Alexander the Great set out to conquer the known world some 2,300 years ago, he did more than simply fight his way across Asia, southern Europe and northern Africa. He introduced civilizations to one another, opening the door for trade - both commercial and cultural - between regions that barely acknowledged one another's existence.Michael Wood is no Alexander, and he's not looking to conquer anyone, but his BBC- and Maryland Public Television-produced TV series, "In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great," does much the same.
August 5, 2012
Assistant Maryland football coach Greg Gattuso pointed across a dining-hall table at Joe Vellano and said in his best deadpan: "His dad was better. " Gattuso said it loudly enough to make certain Vellano heard. Vellano, arguably Maryland's top returning player as the Terps open training camp today, only smiled at the coach, refusing to take the bait. Even after Vellano's 20-tackle game against Georgia Tech last season - impressive as it was - the defensive tackle was still teased by Maryland insiders that it may not even have been the best performance by a member of his own family.
August 10, 1997
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France -- Painters know the region well because it has served so beautifully as subject matter: the French-blue Mediterranean, gnarled black-and-silver olive trees, chalky mountains, flirtatious villages, timeless brasseries and, of course, the ruins of an ancient Roman domain.Last fall, that fabulous setting attracted a swarm of amateur artists from Santa Barbara, Calif., who gathered noisily one rainy October morning in the medieval darkness of the breakfast room at Hotel Les Augustins.
June 19, 1995
Walk on the beach together --it will be cool there.Taste the salt.Seaweed is clotted around a dead clam.The sun rolls like a blind eye.The waves steam.It is delightful here, they will say.Yellow-decaying waterforms your footsteps.