January 12, 1993
Bread-and-butter issues as well as peanuts are on the plate of Baltimore City's legislative delegation in Annapolis as the General Assembly convenes tomorrow.Among the peanuts are technical changes in the law that would prohibit the carrying of rifles and shotguns in the city (yes, according to the law, that's legal!) and authorize civilian traffic enforcement officers to issue penalties to violators. Today, it seems, many motorists obey them without quite realizing those officers, despite their uniforms, are about as powerful as scarecrows!
December 19, 1990
Now here's a poser of a trivia question, prompted by tonight's re-airing of the classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (at 8:30, Channel 11): Who was president of the United States when this animated holiday treat first was seen on television?Lyndon Baines Johnson, that's who, for this show premiered Dec. 9, 1965, as the initial animated adaptation of the "Peanuts" comic strip gang. Makes you feel old, right? But did you know the round-headed kid was already pretty old himself by the time he reached the tube?
March 28, 1991
A Jessup factory has started producing a new kind of whit packaging "peanut" that dissolves in water, can be composted into fertilizer and can even be eaten, though the makers don't recommend them as a dining experience.Art Buckingham, Maryland branch manager for American Excelsior Co., said yesterday that the corn starch-based "Eco-Foam" pellets are an alternative to standard white polystyrene foam "peanuts." The company, based in Arlington, Texas, is one of the nation's biggest producers of plastic packaging materials, he said.
September 13, 1991
The Midtown Yacht Club is something of a misnomer, because it has nothing to do with yachting and is not a club. It is located in midtown Baltimore, though, so one out of three ain't bad.Having been anchored on East Centre Street for nine years now, this agreeable pub has had plenty of time to gain a loyal following. These regulars know the pub's logo of an upside down sailboat is a smiling reminder that the nautical theme isn't taken very seriously here.They also know that there's a whole lotta crunching going on here -- not just food between the teeth, but discarded peanut shells underfoot.
June 16, 1992
Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts" gang was everywhere in the 1960s, as you baby boomers might recall.Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder and the rest frequently turned up on greeting cards, sweat shirts, commercials, lunch boxes, TV specials and feature films, as well as in books, rock songs, ("Snoopy Versus the Red Baron" by The Royal Guardsmen, remember?) and even a fascinating published dissertation from the University of Chicago School of Divinity entitled "The Gospel According to Peanuts."
April 18, 2005
Sometimes the members of the Old Otterbein United Methodist Church can't help but talk about divine intervention. Somehow a gleaming new ballpark - Oriole Park at Camden Yards - was plopped down at the end of the street where the church has stood since 1785. Somehow a member named Edith Parthree thought to bring little bags of peanuts to sell at, of all things, a strawberry festival nearly 13 years ago. And when they didn't sell, a few guys from the church somehow thought they could earn a few bucks if they took a shot at the folks streaming by outside on the way to that day's baseball game.