October 26, 2008
So my boss, a nice enough fellow, wanders up to my cubbyhole the other day with an idea for a column: Lay out the positions of Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama on outdoors issues. As that great political observer John McEnroe might reply, "You cannot be serious." For if there's one thing I have learned about our relationship, dear readers, is that elections come with their own scorched-earth policy. No one survives. It's bad enough that every four years or so, some politician goes to a sporting goods store and buys himself (yes, it is almost always a guy)
November 10, 2006
Will O'Malley face the same standard? In the wake of the latest episode in our great experiment in democracy, I find myself reflecting on the politics of the past four years ("O'Malley, Cardin declare victory," Nov. 8). Four years ago, the state of Maryland was in dire financial straits. Today, we have a budget surplus instead of a deficit, a growing economy and improving test scores among public school students. All of these things were accomplished during a time of divided government in Maryland.
October 23, 2004
I GOT MY education in election-year politics around the kitchen table at the old house on Guilford Avenue. It was a place where I heard everything from talk about the greatness of Herbert Hoover (no lie) to the morning-after uncertainties of the Kennedy-Nixon contest of 1960. I'll never forget coming down that November day and studying the early results published in this newspaper with my grandmother. At 7 in the morning, we didn't know if it would be Kennedy or Nixon. One thing I did learn from my elders' generation.
October 21, 2003
On October 17, 2003, HERBERT HOOVER JAMERSON, of Selbyville, DE., formerly of Baltimore, MD. He was a WWII and Korean War veteran. Survived by his wife Janet Jamerson, his mother Cassie T. Martin, a son Herbert Martin and his wife Tina and daughter Yvonne Cheree. Also survived are his sisters Gladys Day, Lillie Kemp, Delores Mitzel, Rose Hale and Katherine Grinnell and two grandchildren Trevor and Jenna also several nieces and nephews. Chapel Service Wednesday, October 22st at 11 A. M at the Delaware Veteran Cemetery in Millsboro, DE. Friends may call Tuesday, October 21st 3:30 to 7 P.M. at Hastings Funeral Home, 19 S. Main St., Selbyville, DE
October 4, 2003
The USS Sequoia, the former rum-runner turned presidential yacht that was a floating getaway for chief executives from Herbert Hoover to Jimmy Carter, recently completed needed repairs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. If you really want to impress family and friends, the historic vessel - on which Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill began planning for D-Day and Richard M. Nixon came to the wrenching conclusion that his presidency was coming to an end - can be chartered for a four-hour cruise.
December 30, 2000
Earlier this month at the Holiday Inn in Timonium, an unusual piece of Baltimoreana was auctioned off by the Baltimore Book Co.: a menu and book that heralded perhaps the most celebrity-studded dinner the city has ever played host to. On the cover of the menu is a picture of a Fokker F VII monoplane flying above crossed flags. In rather smallish type below: "A Dinner to Van-Lear Black Given by His Friends." Inside, in a more whimsical type next to a picture of the plane is printed: "A Dinner to welcome VAN-LEAR BLACK on the occasion of his return to Maryland after a successful flight by airship from Amsterdam to Batavia and Return.