501 N. Calvert Street
As a local columnist and reporter, I retell Baltimore history for readers who like learning more about their city. My family, who has lived in Baltimore city since 1760, is my best teacher. I explain how things got to be the way they are today. I walk around the city and do not drive a car. My home perspective is an aged Charles Village house whose upkeep occasionally becomes the subject of a column. Readers seem to like hearing about my extended family and their take on Baltimore.
Born in Baltimore, and raised on Guilford Avenue, I am a graduate of the Baltimore Academy of the Visitation, Loyola High School and the Catholic University of America. I came to the the old Evening Sun as a summer intern in 1969. For many years I was on the staff of the old News American, where I was immediately taken by the culture and frenzy of an afternoon paper's city desk. I've been with the Baltimore Sun since 1986. People often ask if my columns have been collected in one place; the answer is no. I do have several books, including "Bygone Baltimore," which first came out in 1982.
I am a fan of living in Baltimore. The city's ability to change and reinvent itself amazes me. I also do some gardening and am a weekend train and theater buff. I also spend too much time managing my collections of stuff. You will not find me at sports venues. I also like a summer day at Rehoboth Beach.