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October 16, 2007 |
Post to the Host:
Thank you for the grand show broadcast from the Hippodrome Theater Saturday evening. As always your program was highly entertaining. As a Baltimore native I was especially pleased to hear our city described in such glowing terms. Unless one was raised over in the blue blood neighborhoods, (I wasn't) we tend to view our town and ourselves as "Joe six-pack, blue collar" people, too often neglectful of and having little appreciation for our own very rich history. Sometimes we need out-of-town folks to remind us of that.
I loved Baltimore, Lisa, and spent Sunday walking around downtown and dropped in at a fine old brownstone church, Grace and St. Peters Episcopal Church, on Park and Monument Streets, and was deeply moved by a magnificent choir and high mass, then sat by the water and ate a platter of Chincoteague oysters and a fine corn chowder and striped bass on a sunny day, and then got to visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library, which is my idea of what a library should be, and then saw the H.L. Mencken house on Hollins Street, which some fellow Mencken-lovers are planning to restore and furnish with the great man's stuff. He loved Baltimore and spent almost his entire life in that brick rowhouse on Union Square, an amazing prodigious writer with enormous influence in the Twenties and also a grand old German of Baltimore, devoted to beer and Beethoven and the good life, including the spacious freedom of his own mind. I plan to come back to Baltimore soon and poke around and then bring back the show. I spent most of a day at WYPR, a sweetheart of a radio station. I suppose Baltimore has its problems but it's an easy city for an out-of-towner to love.