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Old 09-16-2008, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Cheswolde
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www.baltimoreexaminer.com >> Antero Pietila
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Old 09-17-2008, 06:39 PM
 
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I think the article was spot on. Mencken's bigotry is off-putting, but that's not why I read him. There is so much wit and wisdom in his writing, that I'd be glad to see him replace Poe as the preeminent Baltimore literary icon.
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Old 09-17-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Cheswolde
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Default Phadelphia wants to take Poe away

Philadelphia, Baltimore Battle Over Edgar Allan Poe : NPR
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/06/us/06poe.html
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:23 PM
 
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It's funny. I grew up in Missouri, and had always associated Poe with Baltimore. It was only when I moved out here that I learned how much of his life was spent everywhere else. Great writer and all, but Mencken has a lot more relevance, and he certainly makes me laugh more.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Bodymore
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It's funny. I grew up in Missouri, and had always associated Poe with Baltimore. It was only when I moved out here that I learned how much of his life was spent everywhere else. Great writer and all, but Mencken has a lot more relevance, and he certainly makes me laugh more.
From the Baltimore E.A. Poe Society website:

Although Richmond is the place Poe most considered home, Baltimore defines the beginning and the end of his life...

Poe left Baltimore for Richmond, Virginia in August of 1835. He never again made a home in Baltimore...

Although Bmore likes to claim Poe, as it does Babe Ruth, Poe (and Ruth) have only incidental connections to the city.

Baltimore has a much closer connection to Tupac Shakur, which for some reason is not publicized.

In 1984, his family relocated to Baltimore, Maryland,[12] After completing his second year at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School he transferred to the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet. He performed in Shakespeare plays, and in the role of the Mouse King in The Nutcracker.[11] Shakur, accompanied by one of his friends, Dana "Mouse" Smith, as his beatbox, won most of the many rap competitions that he participated in and was considered to be the best rapper in his school.[13] Although he lacked trendy clothing, he was one of the most popular kids in his school because of his sense of humor, superior rapping skills...
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Cheswolde
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Default Passing through

Lots of people who passed through Baltimore claims as its own. A case in point is Billie Holiday. A Pennsylvania Avenue statue, which is under reconstruction, erroneously claims that she was born in Baltimore. Not so. She was born in Philadelphia and a birth certificate exists to prove that. Yes, she did live in Baltimore for a while, but it's arguable whether this was her hometown.
There are lots of other people with proven Baltimore roots. But I guess it is a sign of a city with an inferiority complex to claim notables that only have a flimsy Baltimore connection.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:39 AM
 
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Lots of people who passed through Baltimore claims as its own. A case in point is Billie Holiday. A Pennsylvania Avenue statue, which is under reconstruction, erroneously claims that she was born in Baltimore. Not so. She was born in Philadelphia and a birth certificate exists to prove that. Yes, she did live in Baltimore for a while, but it's arguable whether this was her hometown.
There are lots of other people with proven Baltimore roots. But I guess it is a sign of a city with an inferiority complex to claim notables that only have a flimsy Baltimore connection.
...and to hang on to things that once were-National Bohemian Beer. Go to Conkling and O'Donnell and you get the feeling that Natty Boh is actually still brewed there (or at least somewhere in Bmore). Not. Are we that desperate for some kind of identity. Yes I know about John Waters et al, but what is quintessentially Baltimore?
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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History 101: Let's see, I live in a home over 100 years old among other homes over 100 years old in a city with thousands of homes/structures over 100 years old. And, what did I learn from this? Natty Boh was made here. I suggest to many to actually read a book about the history of the area.

Last edited by 7th generation; 09-26-2008 at 07:32 AM.. Reason: removed "illiterate" comment
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