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In the early 1900's Baltimorean Francis X. Bushman was a down and out actor, who, to make ends meet, hired himself out as a model to artists and sculptors. In that hand to mouth existence, he became the model for the statue of Cecil Calvert, which stands in front of the Baltimore courthouse on St Paul Street today. Years later when he was rich and famous he had occasion to visit Baltimore-but he did not ask to see the stature of Cecil Calvert for which he had been the model. His explanation surprises...

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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