I don't know if you've seen them or not, but there are something like 20 billboards in an around Baltimore, all bearing the cryptic question "Who is Chip Weinman?"
Turns out, Chip Weinman is a dude with a pretty interesting story.
He's a 62-year-old aspiring pop crooner who has never released an album or played a gig. Saturday is his debut, and what a debut it is: He is headlining the Hippodrome Theatre, backed by a 47-piece orchestra, six backup singers and special guest Sheena Easton. The show is being taped for a PBS special.
Here's a link to the piece I did about Weinman, which ran in today's paper ...
I talked to Weinman, who recently had his thyroid removed (which meant he couldn't sing for months) and lost about 100 pounds. It's one of the more bizarre and interesting pieces I've done in a while.
Weinman seems determined to get his shot, but when I interviewed him, he didn't come off as conceited or overbearing.
"Who does this and gets away with this?" he said. "If I can pull this off, it will be pretty interesting. ... I hope they'll like me, because I can't be anybody but who I am."
(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)