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By JoAnna Daemmrich and Robert Timberg and JoAnna Daemmrich and Robert Timberg,Sun Staff Writers | March 17, 1994
With a twinkle in his eye and, no doubt, a million bucks on his mind, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke invited the "Hon" man this morning to a personal summit at City Hall.The mayor, who was challenged by the state Senate last night to get a life, flashed a downright boyish grin as he asked for a meeting with the civic elf who has led a crusade to add the word "Hon" to the "Welcome to Baltimore" sign on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway."I would really love to meet the 'Hon' man and talk this matter out," the mayor said.
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June 14, 2011
I've been watching the ruckus surrounding Denise Whiting, the owner of the Café Hon, with a certain degree of perplexity. I am new to Baltimore, having moved here with my family this past August, so I feel like a person who has stepped into a movie theater halfway into the movie. I know I've missed important parts of the story and am trying to make sense of it all. What I can't understand is why Ms. Whiting is trying to control the use of the word "hon" through her trademarks and restrictions, including the one prohibiting merchants from selling cat's-eye sunglasses during Honfest 2011.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Sun Staff Writer | March 18, 1994
With a mischievous twinkle in his eye and a million bucks on his mind, Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke extended a personal invitation yesterday to meet with the man who has made Hon fun.The morning after he was challenged by the state Senate to get a life, the mayor asked for a summit with the civic elf who has led a crusade to add the word "Hon" to the otherwise ordinary greeting sign on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway."
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By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2010
Anyone who ever had an inclination to do so should get all their family members sweatshirts or T-shirts invoking "Hon" in some way: "Merry Christmas, Hon," "Happy New Year, Hon," "Welcome to Bawlmer, Hon," and, to drive home the point, "You Don't Own Me, Hon" (off the 1964, Hon-era Lesley Gore song). That's my suggestion for a unified public response to Denise Whiting's crass effort to own a Baltimore regionalism — take away the local market for her wearable Hon merchandise by springing for some custom-made sweats and T's for our next of kin. Let her try and put a stop to that.
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By DAN RODRICKS | December 1, 1993
Hon Man called. Monday, the day we noted the absence of "Hon" from the otherwise ordinary welcome sign on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. The secretive sprite who keeps that familiar Bawlamerism in place called to explain why northbound commuters haven't seen it of late."
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By DAN RODRICKS | January 7, 1998
HON MAN has returned. We spotted his "Hon" placard recently on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, attached as an addendum to the welcome sign on the median strip near the city line. We hadn't seen evidence of His Hon'er for a long time. Three or four years ago, Hon Man was a regular on the B-W Parkway median, adding his cardboard love tap to the official city greeting whenever he had the urge. But police and highway crews put a damper on his civic-spirited fun, tearing off the "Hon" placards, sometimes just minutes after they were stapled to the wooden sign.
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By DAN RODRICKS | August 17, 1994
Since May 9, when a couple of state troopers caught him in the act and politely told him to cease and desist, Hon Man has resisted stapling "Hon" to the wooden welcome sign on the median strip of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. A few interlopers tried taking up where he left off, but none showed the persistence of Hon Man. So now our boy's back, vowing more of the civic-minded mischief in which he had engaged for two years. "I could resist no longer," Hon Man said. He attached one of his many laminated "Hon" placards to the welcome sign Saturday.
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By DAN RODRICKS | May 11, 1994
For the first time in the two years he has been adding "Hon" to the welcome sign on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Hon Man has been confronted by the law, and we're not talking Miss Utility. Monday, two Maryland state troopers stopped Hon Man as he was about to attach one of his homemade placards to the welcome sign and asked him to no longer make his famous roadside improvement. He agreed."They were very nice about it," Hon Man said yesterday. "First, a female trooper approached me and motioned me to stop.
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By DAN RODRICKS | August 19, 2002
I WOULD LIKE to ask the usual suspects - state highway crews, state police, U.S. Park Police, Anne Arundel County police and other Hon Man contras - to respect the "Hon" placard Hon Man placed on the Welcome-to-Baltimore sign on the BW Parkway on Saturday morning. That's the first such "Hon" posting since March, when a doctor told Baltimore's unofficial greeter he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The man is up and around again, and doing his thing. So, in the strongest Bawlmer accent I can muster, I'd like you all to leave his sign "A-lone!"
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By DAN RODRICKS | February 7, 1994
Muslim fundamentalists, trying to overthrow the government of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, last week warned foreign tourists to leave the country for their own safety. But, according to wire reports from Cairo, many tourists shrugged it off and went ahead with trips to the Pyramids, Pharaonic tombs and other ancient sites. "The militants are a threat," said an American named Vanessa Taylor while visiting her husband in Cairo. "But you could get killed back in Baltimore on any corner of the street for no reason."
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By DAN RODRICKS | August 19, 2002
I WOULD LIKE to ask the usual suspects - state highway crews, state police, U.S. Park Police, Anne Arundel County police and other Hon Man contras - to respect the "Hon" placard Hon Man placed on the Welcome-to-Baltimore sign on the BW Parkway on Saturday morning. That's the first such "Hon" posting since March, when a doctor told Baltimore's unofficial greeter he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The man is up and around again, and doing his thing. So, in the strongest Bawlmer accent I can muster, I'd like you all to leave his sign "A-lone!"
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By Dan Rodricks | November 5, 2001
SEVERAL WINTERS ago in Garrett County, I saw a small, old Popeye-faced man hitchhiking in high winds along a road banked in big snow. He was chilled to the bone when he got in my car, and his hands trembled as he moved a pipe to his lips. I gave him a ride to his tiny house at the end of a wooded lane near the Youghiogheny River. The house was just a couple of cluttered rooms with low ceilings and spare furnishings; a Warm Morning stove provided heat. The old man was pleasant as can be, and I sat with him a while because he seemed to desire the company.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | November 28, 1999
SOMEWHERE OUT there on the side of a highway, which is his natural habitat, is a man with a paintbrush and a dream. He is the Hon Man. A long time ago, in a more uptight era, the city of Baltimore talked itself out of his benevolent gifts. But now a new day is arriving at City Hall, and it is time for the Hon Man to come in from the cold.Remember the Hon Man's dream, Bawlamer? It goes back to the early days of this grim city decade, when that first official inscription appeared on the last stretch of the Baltimore- Washington Parkway, just as Oriole Park at Camden Yards came into view.
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By DAN RODRICKS | January 7, 1998
HON MAN has returned. We spotted his "Hon" placard recently on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, attached as an addendum to the welcome sign on the median strip near the city line. We hadn't seen evidence of His Hon'er for a long time. Three or four years ago, Hon Man was a regular on the B-W Parkway median, adding his cardboard love tap to the official city greeting whenever he had the urge. But police and highway crews put a damper on his civic-spirited fun, tearing off the "Hon" placards, sometimes just minutes after they were stapled to the wooden sign.
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By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,Special to The Sun | September 30, 1994
Cliff Rose never met an oyster he couldn't shuck -- and mighty fast, at that."I think I was weaned on fish, because most of my family has worked in the seafood industry," says Mr. Rose, who works at Shore Seafood in Baltimore's Northeast Market. "We've shucked millions and millions of oysters."Mr. Rose will be among the contestants showing off their facility with a knife blade as part of oyster shuck-off and oyster appetizer contests today at noon at the Harborplace amphitheatre. Contestants are expected to shuck two dozen oysters in two minutes, with judges hovering to make sure all the oyster meat is out of the shell.
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By DAN RODRICKS | August 17, 1994
Since May 9, when a couple of state troopers caught him in the act and politely told him to cease and desist, Hon Man has resisted stapling "Hon" to the wooden welcome sign on the median strip of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. A few interlopers tried taking up where he left off, but none showed the persistence of Hon Man. So now our boy's back, vowing more of the civic-minded mischief in which he had engaged for two years. "I could resist no longer," Hon Man said. He attached one of his many laminated "Hon" placards to the welcome sign Saturday.
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By WILEY A. HALL | March 29, 1994
I agreed with Sun columnist Michael Olesker when he wrote Sunday that the controversy over tacking "Hon" to the "Welcome to Baltimore" sign on Route 295 has gotten way out of hand. But while my colleague wondered why some people remain so adamantly opposed to adding the word to the sign just south of the city, I wonder why other folks are so gosh-darned insistent.Why, people, why?Why insist that "hon" reflects the soul of this city when a significant portion of the population says it does not?
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By DAN RODRICKS | April 4, 1994
A fine fellow who works for a big Baltimore company -- big enough to have a skybox at Oriole Park -- looks forward to people-gazing at Camden Yards. "It's great. Last season a guy sitting near me was booing really loud about some play on the field. And the guy in front of him, in a shirt and tie, turns around and tells him to please be quiet because he was trying to have a conversation on his cellular phone."From the hon frontMayor Schmoke, Hon Man and Mrs. Hon Man met for a few minutes at City Hall the other day, and the encounter was pleasant, if uneventful.
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By DAN RODRICKS | May 11, 1994
For the first time in the two years he has been adding "Hon" to the welcome sign on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Hon Man has been confronted by the law, and we're not talking Miss Utility. Monday, two Maryland state troopers stopped Hon Man as he was about to attach one of his homemade placards to the welcome sign and asked him to no longer make his famous roadside improvement. He agreed."They were very nice about it," Hon Man said yesterday. "First, a female trooper approached me and motioned me to stop.
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By DAN RODRICKS | April 4, 1994
A fine fellow who works for a big Baltimore company -- big enough to have a skybox at Oriole Park -- looks forward to people-gazing at Camden Yards. "It's great. Last season a guy sitting near me was booing really loud about some play on the field. And the guy in front of him, in a shirt and tie, turns around and tells him to please be quiet because he was trying to have a conversation on his cellular phone."From the hon frontMayor Schmoke, Hon Man and Mrs. Hon Man met for a few minutes at City Hall the other day, and the encounter was pleasant, if uneventful.
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