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Gil Sandler's Baltimore Stories

Friday 7:46 am and 9:38 am

Gilbert Sandler was one of Baltimore's most-read and well-known local historians. For more than thirty years, through his articles in the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Jewish Times, National Public Radio and his books and lectures, he showed Baltimoreans, through anecdote and memory, who they are, where they have been and, perhaps, where they are going. He was educated in Baltimore's public schools and graduated from Baltimore City College; in World War II, he served in the United States Navy as a ship-board navigator in the Pacific. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received a master's from Johns Hopkins.

WYPR was pleased to present Gil Sandler's Baltimore Stories for almost 17 years. Baltimore Stories will air every Friday for the foreseeable future, and with this online archive, the show can continue to delight listeners for many years to come. 

Archive prior to December 2014.

The story of how the traditional annual Hochschild Kohn "Thanksgiving Toytown Parade" was one vacuum cleaner away from not being a tradition at all!

The Time Baltimore Was Cursed By A Diamond?

Nov 21, 2013

The story of the one and only time that Baltimore fell under the curse of the world-famous and cursed Hope Diamond!

Marconi's Last Lobster Cardinale - RIP

Nov 21, 2013

The last of the grand names in Baltimore Restaurants closes, but not before a farewell to both the restaurant and its most famous dish!

Kermit the Frog came to Baltimore to advertise for EssKay meats—and wound up advertising, too, the City of Baltimore.

Every Friday was Bank Day in Baltimore City’s elementary schools. Students opened accounts and saved in them -- with some surprising results!

During WWII civilian aircraft spotters, searching the skies for enemy planes, thought they saw some. They were in for a huge surprise!

Born in China, Jimmy Wu became owner-operator of a very successful Chinese restaurant—and whose fortune cookie actually predicted it!

The craze was all over Baltimore, and when the city held a hula-hoop contest among its children, the City Comptroller himself thought he could have won it.

The Mechanic Theater Remembered

Nov 21, 2013

The story of the life and times of the Mechanic Theater—it opened then it closed, then it re-opened—and then closed again--this last time, forever.

The DayTelevision Came To Baltimore

Nov 21, 2013

The first telecast from Baltimore was of a race at Pimlico—but more than a horse won on that historic day.

The Blue Bottle That Weighed Twenty Tons

Nov 21, 2013

How the famous Bromo Seltzer bottle came down from atop its tower—and how your grandfather wound up driving it.

Maria of Little Italy runs Chicago’s feared mobster Al Capone out of Baltimore—through the kitchen.