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Mary Avara

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In June of 1981, in a small room high up in the office building located at One South Calvert Street, history was being made. The Maryland Board of Censors, which censored all the movies shown in the local movie houses, was holding its last session. Its long time Chair of the Board was the formidable and ultra-conservative Mary Avara: her remarks on the end of the board's power mark the end of an era.

Gil Sandler was born and raised in Baltimore -- a circumstance he considers fortunate and one he does not want you to forget. He attended public school (P.S. #59, Garrison Junior High, Baltimore City College, Class of 1941) and then served in the United States Navy.
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