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Seems like everyone passes through Laurel, at one time or another [Commentary]

From George Washington to George Wallace to the Astrodon johnstoni dinosaurs that roamed the wilds off Contee Road — no doubt killing time before the new Panera and Harris Teeter open in Laurel — it seems that Laurel has hosted virtually every species.

 I got to thinking about this when I heard the news of the recent death of James Brady, the press secretary to President Ronald Reagan. Both men were shot in 1981 by would-be assassin John Hinckley.

Over the past 30 years, my recollections of well-known people who have left their footprints in Laurel are, for the most part, clear, with a few blurry, abstract lines thrown in to signify the relentless march of time. It also...