How Ricky Fried became the first man to coach the U.S. women's lacrosse team.
As the son of an Army infantry officer, Ricky Fried spent his childhood bouncing around the globe with a lacrosse stick as his constant companion.
"I always had a stick in my hand since I was three," says Fried. "People would give me weird looks and say, 'What the heck is that?' It was a conversation starter, but it was also something I could do on my own."
Last July, U.S. Lacrosse—the sport's...
Why is local veterinarian, entrepreneur, and bon vivant Kim Hammond spending so much time in East Africa?
Kim Hammond's obsession with Africa began, like a lot of things in his life, with a girl.
In 1997, the veterinarian, founder of the Falls Road Animal Hospital, and notorious man about town, found himself sitting next to an attractive woman on a transatlantic flight.
"I was coming back from Niger, and he was coming back from a fashion show in Paris," recalls Marjorie Copson, then a desk officer in...
The museum founder on good choices, bad likenesses, and Obama's popularity—in wax.
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum continues to be one of Baltimore's most popular attractions, bringing in more than 200,000 visitors annually. We caught up with Dr. Joanne Mitchell Martin, who co-founded the museum with her late husband Elmer.
What book or film changed your life?
My father used to read to me from the pages of Popular Mechanics. I relished the experience of...
Today's etiquette experts are trying to recapture a lost art.
A few years ago, Andrew Rose was at a meeting with senior wealth advisers from Legg Mason. One of the meeting's participants arrived a little late, and when she entered the room, Rose stood to greet her. "I was the only one who got up," says Rose, marketing director for the Timonium-based accounting firm Naden/Lean. His move wasn't lost on the executive. "She smiled, and I could tell the small...
How a former electrician jump-started the Arena and brought Springsteen and The Stones to town.
Frank Remesch stands onstage at the 1st Mariner Arena and marvels at the throng assembling before him. In 90 minutes, Bruce Springsteen will be leading fans through a sing-a-long version of "Hungry Heart"—"got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack"—and crowd-surfing his way to some mythic place in local music history. But now, as the buzz of anticipation builds, people gawk at Remesch (who's being...
The media maven on bad decisions, male pattern stupidity, and why he still wants to buy The Sun.
Ted Venetoulis—politician, newsman, and media exec—can now add a new hyphen to his name: novelist. So is his book, about a revenge-seeking First Lady, actually about Hillary Clinton? Read on . . .
What book or film most changed your life? Hail to the Cheat. It's a humorous political novel about a First Lady who catches her husband in a compromising position in the Oval Office and throws him...
Sheila Dixon's history of bad choices and dogged enemies foreshadowed her political implosion.
Day after day, Sheila Dixon's supporters gathered in the dimly lit gallery of a downtown courtroom like relatives huddled in the ringside shadows of a fight they could barely stand to watch. To them, Dixon was a friend, a sister, their mayor.
To the court, she was a criminal defendant.
Hour after hour, they watched as the State Prosecutor attacked the mayor from all angles: receipts, photographs...
We said goodbye to captains of industry, athletes, and beloved members of the community. A look back at those we lost.
Bernard Manekin, 95
(October 4, 1914 – September 5, 2009)
As the Mr. Outside dealmaker to his brother Harold's Mr. Inside bean counter, Bernard Manekin, who died this past September at the age of 95, helped establish the city's most successful commercial real estate business, developing, managing, and/or owning diverse projects such as the original Charles Center, Lord Baltimore Hotel, Oriole...
How did a brilliant University of Maryland scientist become lost in a world of drugs?
On September 28, the day after her daughter died, Marianne Woessner walked into the row house at 648 Dover St., in the shadow of Camden Yards and the University of Maryland Medical Center.
"It was a God-awful mess," says Woessner, who had flown up from her home in North Carolina to see the house where her oldest child, Dr. Carrie John, died after injecting buprenorphine—a heroin substitute...
The Creative Alliance co-founder on paying cash, liquor board snafus, and being wrapped up in fun.
The Creative Alliance, that vital cynosure of all things arts, is about to turn 15 years old. We sat down with co-founder and program director Megan Hamilton, who always manages to make us smile.
What book or film most changed your life? On the Road by Jack Kerouac. In '07, I drove 11,407 miles looking for the soul of that book.
Who is your favorite Baltimorean, living or dead? ...