The annual New Year's Eve fireworks started a few years before my first book, "Hey Cabbie," was self-published in 1984. Baltimore's downtown, then, was a ghost town after 6 p.m. The City Fathers wanted nightlife downtown to attract masses of people to various public and private venues. The first attractions were the Baltimore City Fair, the Hyatt hotel, the Convention Center, the National Aquarium, and the World Trade Center. Their vision and efforts have been well received to this date!