June 17, 2013
Create a fragrance that smells heroic with a touch of villainy - that's what Andrew Levine's Lutherville company set out to do. Considering the name on the bottle, it makes sense. The new Stan Lee's Signature Cologne trades on the geek popularity of a comic-book-industry icon who had a hand in creations spanning the good-evil continuum - from Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men to Loki, Magneto and Doctor Doom. Lee wanted the fragrance to smell like they would smell.
October 27, 2012
Stan Honey has spent much of the past two decades living a double life - as a computer graphics innovator who made televised sports more easily watchable for the casual fan and as a master yachtsman who navigated large boats to a long list of nautical accomplishments. Honey (pronounced HO-nee), who was inducted this month into the National Sailing Hall of Fame, has finally been able to combine his two seemingly unrelated passions - given that one is usually accomplished sitting in an office while the other takes place on the open seas - in what he has called a "perfect job. " For the past couple of years, Honey has been working with the U.S. organizing committee of the 2013 America's Cup as its technical director, and has helped develop a tracking system, in much the same way he has done for fans watching football, baseball and hockey.
February 29, 2012
Every Baby Boomer parent has spent hours reading the adventures of the Berenstain Bears , so I was saddedned to hear that co-creator Jan Berenstain had died at age 88. She and her husband Stan, who died in 2005, created the bear family that provided lessons in coping with kid-sized issues such as bad habits, a new baby and moving away. The team authored more than 200 books, and built the bears into a multi-media conglomerate, before handing over the reins to son Mike. Here's an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times' obit : "Born Janice Grant in Philadelphia on July 26, 1923, she met Stan in a first-year drawing class at the Philadelphia Museum of Industrial Art in 1941.
November 20, 2011
I couldn't do it again. Honest, I tried, but I just couldn't. I saw Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf on my TV screen at the top of the Ravens telecast Sunday, and I knew I couldn't spend another Sunday afternoon listening to dumb and dumber of CBS Sports without my head exploding. It was radical, I know, but after too many Sundays spent with Gumbel and Dierdorf, I dared to consider the possibility of actually enjoying a Ravens game over the airwaves. And so, I did what dozens of readers have been encouraging me to do all season: I watched images of the game on CBS, and I listened to the play-by-play and analysis on WBAL radio from Gerry Sandusky, Stan White and Qadry Ismail.
August 18, 2011
Classic comics, indie comics and more will be featured at the 12th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con, happening Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 20-21, at the Baltimore Convention Center. The event boasts a huge guest list of comic book creators and artists and will feature as a guest of honor Stan "The Man" Lee, the co-creator of the Spider-Man and Hulk comics, among others. Tickets are $30 for two-day admission. (One-day admission tickets are also available.) Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Go to http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com . Wine and jazz Fiore Winery will hold its annual Wine, Jazz and Art Festival Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 20-21, noon-6 p.m., at 3026 Whiteford Road, in Pylesville.
August 18, 2011
Stan Lee is one proud father these days. You'd be proud, too, if your progeny included Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and the Fantastic Four — characters whose films routinely bring in a few hundred million dollars at the movie box office. Not that Lee has much to do with the movies themselves: His connection is restricted to a largely honorary executive-producer credit and a cameo in each film — as a swinging Hugh Hefner-type in "Iron Man," mailman Willie Limpkin in "Fantastic Four," an Army general in this summer's "Captain America.