A reporter recalls his time in Vietnam

As PBS airs the new documentary “The Vietnam War,” we checked back in with former Baltimore Sun reporter Bob Erlandson, 86, about his experience covering the war from fall 1966 to early 1968. The way Bob Erlandson tells it, he was in a bar in Venice when he met Ernest Hemingway. Erlandson was...

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Baltimore and the surrounding area sure has changed a lot in its centuries-long history. But many traditions and landmarks from decades ago are still around today, give or take a few variations.More

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  • On the anniversary of Tupac's death, looking back at his time in Baltimore

    On the anniversary of Tupac's death, looking back at his time in Baltimore

    Rapper Tupac Shakur died 21 years ago today, six days after being shot on the Las Vegas strip. In honor of the anniversary, let’s take a look back at Shakur’s Baltimore beginnings. He spent a portion of his teenage years here and attended Baltimore School for the Arts — an experience that his friends...

  • Orioles were minor-league juggernaut in days of yore

    Orioles were minor-league juggernaut in days of yore

    “O’s Clinch Pennant,” The Sun trumpeted on Sept. 8, 1919. That headline would be repeated each season for some time to come. Ninety-eight years ago Friday, the Orioles won the International League flag and began a streak for the ages: seven consecutive championships that earned them fame as one...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: What Clint Eastwood film was partially filmed at the Walters Art...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: Who was the Maryland state legislator whose unsuccessful argument...

  • New book of Mencken’s writings captures spirit of his time

    New book of Mencken’s writings captures spirit of his time

    On Sundays in 1913, Baltimore residents who wanted a glass of beer or shot of rye boarded a streetcar and headed to Baltimore County, where the Blue Laws were lightly enforced. Outside the then city limits, from Back River to Westport, open air pavilions and road houses dispensed the alcohol that...

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  • Recalling an Oriole named Blas Monaco and his best line

    Recalling an Oriole named Blas Monaco and his best line

    When Gilbert Sandler, irrepressible teller of Baltimore tales, returned to the Sun building a couple of weeks ago to sit for a Roughly Speaking interview, there was no way to predict how the conversation would go. Sandler is 94, and it seems like he’s been writing and talking about bygone Baltimore...

  • Retro Baltimore: Photos of African-American life in the 20th century

    Retro Baltimore: Photos of African-American life in the 20th century

    Until the early 1980s, African-American life was underrepresented in the media, and The Baltimore Sun was no exception. Images of black Baltimoreans in everyday life — and even during historic events —  are hard to find in our archives. We took a deep dive through photos dating to the 1930s to...

  • Maryland State Fair highlights: Then and now

    Maryland State Fair highlights: Then and now

    Call it the best lead-up to the first day of school that any kid could ask for. Call it, as organizers did for years, the “11 best days of summer” (even though this year’s edition lasts 12 days). Or call it, as they’ve taken to calling themselves, the “UnFAIRgettable My Maryland State Fair.” By...

  • Renaissance Festival Through the Years

    Renaissance Festival Through the Years

    Take a look at The annual Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, MD., through the years. Re-live photos as seen on the pages of The Annapolis Capital, Maryland Gazette, and The Baltimore Sun (in no particular order)

  • Sixty years ago, the last gas lamp in Baltimore was extinguished

    Sixty years ago, the last gas lamp in Baltimore was extinguished

    James A. Genthner, the quintessential student of arcane Baltimore history who counts among his many interests railroads, streetcars and gaslights, reminded me that an important 60th anniversary has come and gone unremarked. In an email, Genthner reported that the gaslight era in Baltimore came...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: Who was the former Sun reporter who became an essayist, book reviewer...

  • From the vault: Solar eclipses of the past

    From the vault: Solar eclipses of the past

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: What weekly radio competition between Baltimore and Washington...

  • The McDonald's crab cake wasn't delicious, but it was cheap

    The McDonald's crab cake wasn't delicious, but it was cheap

    Twenty-five years ago, McDonald’s made Maryland history when they rolled out a new item on their menu: a crab cake sandwich. The Golden Arches served up their take on the crustacean patties at different test locations along the Eastern Shore and two in Baltimore beginning in spring 1992. They later...

  • Priscilla Presley reflects on Elvis' legacy before bringing his music to Baltimore

    Priscilla Presley reflects on Elvis' legacy before bringing his music to Baltimore

    Priscilla Presley says she can still hear Elvis Presley when she walks through the doors of his Memphis, Tenn., home, Graceland. And Friday at the Modell Lyric, she believes his fans will get somewhat the same experience. “When I walk in the door, I still hear the music that he played, the gospel...