August 17, 2005
Even hundreds of miles apart, twin brothers Rex and Rob Ryan take good-natured shots at one another. They've always been competitive, regardless of whether the competition involved baseball, wrestling or marbles. Rob is in his second year as defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Rex is in his first season as defensive coordinator of the Ravens. "I wish him the best of luck, and I told him he'll have the second-best defense in the league," Rex said. When told of those comments, Rob replied: "We've been on different sidelines six times, and I've beaten him more times than he's beaten me. Also, remind him that I have two Super Bowl rings and he has only one. The old man has three, and that's going to be tough to beat."
March 4, 2002
The bad news is that Tyrannosaurus rex, the biggest, scariest prehistoric monster ever, had a design flaw. The good news is that, movie lore notwithstanding, if you find yourself in a car being chased by one, chances are it won't catch you. An article published in last week's issue of the journal Nature reported that T. rex, the coolest, deadliest dinosaur ever to capture a young boy's heart, was, well ... slow. To a generation of kids whose knowledge of the prehistoric world is based largely on the Jurassic Park movies, this is tantamount to heresy.
August 4, 2002
Forget about the Mitsubishi Montero ad and that preposterous Ragu spot. The fact that cable's TNT used "Bang a Gong" during the NBA playoffs. And all the movie soundtrack appearances: Moulin Rouge, The Truman Show, Velvet Goldmine and Billy Elliot, which featured five T. Rex tunes. Even without all that, we're having a T. Rex moment. The English band of the 1970s, led by singer and songwriter Marc Bolan, had exactly one U.S. Top 10 hit ("Bang a Gong" - or "Get It On" as it was known everywhere else)
May 24, 2004
Most people mark the beginning of summer with Memorial Day this weekend -- and the Maryland Science Center will be no exception with its "Touch Wonder Weekend" celebration to open the refurbished and expanded facility. "We wanted to capitalize on the unofficial kickoff of the summer season, to make sure that we're out there and everyone knows about it," said Christopher Cropper, the center's senior marketing director. The event includes a number of free events Saturday and Sunday outside the center, at 601 Light St. in the Inner Harbor.
January 22, 2000
His name is Z-Rex. He's 65 million years old, measures 25 feet tall and 40 feet long and is the largest male Tyrannosaurus rex fossilized skeleton ever unearthed. And, judging by past auctions, he can be yours for about $8 million. But you'd better act fast. The fossil, which went up for auction Monday on the Web site Millionaire.com, will be available for purchase only until 8 p.m. Feb. 10. Which means that if you want to be the first one on your block to have a real T. rex in your living room (and your dining room, and your kitchen, and your basement)
December 2, 2002
The newest sculpture at the Johns Hopkins University commands a peaceful spot overlooking the garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Located beside the art center, next to the bustle of Charles Street, the statue seems to bridge the worlds of creativity and public affairs that the late Rex Chao found so invigorating. A bronze figure of a violinist, The Spirit of Music depicts a musician poised on the edge of his chair, a broad smile on his face. His expression may suggest the glow of a performance, the inspiration of music.