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'No place to run': Loch Raven Reservoir's forgotten UFO, 60 years later

Around midnight on Oct. 26, 1958, Alvin Cohen and Phillip Small were taking a drive by Loch Raven Reservoir in Towson when they said a great, iridescent, egg-shaped object appeared above a bridge. The young men inched closer and the car stopped dead — no headlights, no engine, no ignition, as if...

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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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  • In 1986, every vote really counted in this Anne Arundel County election

    In 1986, every vote really counted in this Anne Arundel County election

    First he was winning by 153 votes. Then he was winning by three votes. Then he was losing by 1 vote. And when it was all over… The election of 1986 proved quite the roller-coaster ride for Anne Arundel County’s Donald E. Lamb, a candidate for the House of Delegates from District 30, which included...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: How did the Baltimore oriole (the actual bird, that is) get its name?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: How did the Baltimore oriole (the actual bird, that is) get its name?

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Here’s last week’s trivia: QUESTION: How did the Baltimore oriole (the actual bird, that is) get its name? ANSWER: The bird got its name from...

  • When Brooks Robinson took the game to a higher plane

    When Brooks Robinson took the game to a higher plane

    No matter that 48 years have passed since the 1970 World Series. For those privy to Brooks Robinson’s performance that October, the memories endure. With glove and bat, the Orioles third baseman dominated the five-game victory over Cincinnati and made his pitch for the Hall of Fame. Time and again,...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: What Baltimore bar is named after an Edgar Allan Poe poem?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: What Baltimore bar is named after an Edgar Allan Poe poem?

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Here’s last week’s trivia: QUESTION: What Baltimore bar is named after an Edgar Allan Poe poem? (Hint: It has nothing to do with a Raven.) ANSWER:...

  • Scrapple, long a Maryland favorite, has graced many a Baltimore kitchen table

    Scrapple, long a Maryland favorite, has graced many a Baltimore kitchen table

    Detractors feel that scrapple, the fried meat pudding augmented with corn meal, is the ultimate 1930s Depression food. A 1934 ad in The Sun may confirm this: “Let's eat. Fried scrapple and hominy. It's only thirteen cents.” This dish was then being offered by Baltimore’s Oriole cafeterias, a small...

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  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: Where was Baltimore's outdoor box lacrosse facility?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: Where was Baltimore's outdoor box lacrosse facility?

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Here’s last week’s trivia: QUESTION: Indoor lacrosse is synonymous with box lacrosse as it is played in an enclosed and smaller surface. But...

  • New book documents the lesser-traveled Baltimore streetcar lines

    New book documents the lesser-traveled Baltimore streetcar lines

    Bernard J. Sachs, a longtime member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, in his recently published book, “Baltimore’s Picturesque Jerkwaters: Historic Neighborhoods, Notorious Beer Gardens, Serene Lakeside Pavilions, Beachsides by the Bay, Mills in the Valley & To Every Corner of the Metropolis,”...

  • When World War I and the Spanish flu turned Fort McHenry into one of the country's largest hospitals

    When World War I and the Spanish flu turned Fort McHenry into one of the country's largest hospitals

    One hundred years ago at Fort McHenry, commemorating the rockets’ red glare of the War of 1812 was probably the furthest thing from people’s minds. That’s because the fort, which had so valiantly defended Baltimore when the British were assaulting its shores, was in the midst of another battle...

  • 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. Here’s last week’s trivia: QUESTION: Who was the Orioles winning pitcher the night they clinched the American League East title in 2014? ANSWER:...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: What member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band grew up in Montgomery County?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: What member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band grew up in Montgomery County?

    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 “answer” field and hit “submit.” Or comment on Instagram: @retrobaltimore. If you’d like to be recognized for a correct...

  • How a 1933 hurricane shaped Ocean City

    How a 1933 hurricane shaped Ocean City

    For years, citizens of Ocean City had lobbied the federal government to build an inlet connecting the brackish waters of the Sinepuxent Bay with the Atlantic. It would be a boon for the sleepy surfside town, they argued, allowing a safe port for fishing as well as a distribution point for crabs,...

  • Duckpins: When baseball greats Wilbert Robinson and John McGraw drew up a perfect game

    Duckpins: When baseball greats Wilbert Robinson and John McGraw drew up a perfect game

    Duckpin bowling began in the back room of a smoke-filled 19th century saloon on Howard Street owned by two Orioles bound for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Wilbert Robinson and John McGraw ran the place, dubbed “The Diamond,” bought with their earnings from the three National League championships Baltimore...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: Peabody Heights is the original name for what Baltimore neighborhood?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: Peabody Heights is the original name for what Baltimore neighborhood?

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Here’s our last week’s trivia: QUESTION: Peabody Heights is the original name for what Baltimore neighborhood? ANSWER: Charles Village

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: Where was the first gas street lamp in Baltimore?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: Where was the first gas street lamp in Baltimore?

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Here’s the previous week’s trivia: QUESTION: In February 1817, Baltimore was the first American city to light a gas street lamp. In August 1957,...

  • Baltimore's back-to-school shoppers had pretty nifty choices in the good old days

    Baltimore's back-to-school shoppers had pretty nifty choices in the good old days

    Baltimore shoppers had choices for back-to-school shopping in the days when there were four major department stores. Hochschild Kohn, Hutzler’s, Stewart’s and Hecht’s were the flagships, but there was another level – the budget stores. The E. J. Korvette’s chain arrived in Baltimore with branches...

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