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Joseph J. Challmes
Joseph J. Challmes

Joseph J. Challmes, a professional writer for nearly four decades whose love of writing was only equaled by his love of the ponies, died of a heart attack Feb. 9 at Mercy Medical Center. He was 65. Mr. Challmes and his companion, Margie Roswell, had spent the evening attending a performance of the Stoop Storytelling series at Center Stage. He was stricken as he was getting into his car. "Joe was a good reporter, had a good ear, and liked looking out for the little guy," said David Michael Ettlin, a retired night editor for The Baltimore Sun who was a longtime friend and colleague. "He saw magic in everything and was a larger-than-life storyteller." The son of Ambrose...