How does a 51-year-old Hunt Valley guy know the secret to making a great video game?
Ask any avid computer gamer where the cradle of civilization is, and they won't tell you it lies somewhere in the fertile crescent between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. No, instead they'll point to Hunt Valley, Maryland, birthplace of Sid Meier's Civilization, the first in a wildly successful and immensely influential series of strategy computer games.
That game, first created in 1991, sold...
Being a female in a male-dominated sport was just one obstacle that race car driver Kelly "Girl" Sutton had to overcome
For as long as she can remember, race car driver Kelly Sutton loved anything with wheels. And she wanted to ride those things. Fast.
As a little girl, Kelly and her older sister Tracey raced their Big Wheels in the front yard of their Crownsville home. Her tenth birthday present was a dirt bike that her father found at the junk yard and painstakingly restored. She promptly broke her leg on it.
Mario Carrión followed his heart to Baltimore.
Mario CarriOn’s gold brocade bullfighting suit sparkles in its glass case. The suit of lights is surrounded by posters and photos of Carrión and other matadors and watched over by the mounted, silent head of a defeated fighting bull.
The entirety of Carrión’s basement—below a plain white rancher on a tree-lined street in Ellicott City—is decorated to look like a bullfight café or club in his...
The men and women who rule Baltimore.
When we set out to identify the 50 most powerful people in Baltimore, we first asked ourselves the obvious question: What is power? C C Is it money? No, but certainly many people on our Power 50 have lots of it. Is it political stature? No, but some on the list are politicians. Is it influence? Not quite, but everyone on our list has the ability to make people see things their way. C C No, as we...
Despite the violence, Baltimore transplants are choosing to make Israel their home.
After two years of non-stop suicide bombings and shootings by Palestinians, and the Israeli reprisals that have followed, hundreds of men, women, and children on both sides are dead, and thousands wounded. There’s the war in nearby Iraq, the region’s economy is in shambles, and the bitterness fueling the violence is not going away. So why would American Jews with secure livelihoods and lots of...
We went looking for Baltimore’s up-and-coming legal stars and found 20 to watch
Looking for a sharp lawyer? Swing an amicus brief around at lunchtime downtown and you’re bound to hit one.
But tighten up the criteria and it gets tougher: If you’re looking for one of the two or three best in a given specialty, and maybe someone a little younger than those chosen by exhaustive peer polling in our periodic “Top Lawyers” lists, then you’re going to be swinging a lot...
<p><span>How a Yale Drama School graduate turned the Towson University dance team into a national powerhouse. </span></p>
The crowd was deafening that April night in Daytona Beach. It sounded more like a reaction to NSYNC than to an anxious, all-girl dance team from Towson University. It looked like it, too. People were waving their arms wildly, jumping up and down, totally losing themselves in the performance.
The girls were losing themselves, too. They were doing their patented “New York, New York” number—...
<p><span>Writer David Simon (<em>Homicide: Life on the Street, The Corner</em>) is conversant with the drug dealers, the drug-dependents, and the cops who walk the beat. And because he has been the subject of a little bit of controversy lately—City Councilwoman Catherine Pugh suggested that the TV shows adapted from Simon’s books are bad for Baltimore—we decided to let Simon address his critics directly in this month’s Grill. </span></p>
Where did you go to school?
Was it Gilman? Or St. Paul’s? I’m tempted to lie myself up Roland Avenue, just to see if I get away with it, but no. I claim no pedigree beyond Montgomery County public schools and the University of Maryland.
Who is your favorite Baltimorean, living or dead?
False, erudite answer: Henry Mencken. More wit and talent than the next three...
<p><span>The perfect place for your little ones is out there—but it’s going to take a lot of work to find it. </span></p>
As a first-time mom, Pam Carr spent her pregnancy receiving lots of advice from friends, family, acquaintances—even virtual strangers. And they all agreed on one thing.
“Everyone told me when I found out I was pregnant to start looking for daycare then,” Carr recalls. Certainly, the Baltimore Sun special projects manager knew she was going to have to find daycare before returning to work...
<p>Two years after her father’s death, Eddie’s of Roland Park owner Nancy Cohen talks about life with—and after—Dad.</p>
There is a traditional American story and it goes something like this: Immigrant father starts to work in an industry. First he’s a clerk, then he’s a manager, then one day he buys a store. Then he buys another store. And another. Now he is wealthy and successful. He has a son. Maybe the son wants to go into the father’s business. Maybe he doesn’t. But eventually, the inevitable occurs. The...