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Out of the Blocks - Mike Carpenter

Wendell Patrick

The premise of Out of the Blocks is pretty simple:  producers Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick show up on a city block, and they make it their mission to meet and interview everyone there.  It's documentary leap of faith based in a belief that everybody's got a story worth sharing.  Mainly, though, it's just a great excuse to talk to strangers.

Aaron & Wendel recently spent some time on the 3600 block of Falls Road in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood, where one of the longest-standing businesses is the Burgee-Henss-Seitz Funeral Home.  It’s been there for 5 generations, more than a century, and the funeral director there now is a fellow named Mike Carpenter.  Mr. Carpenter ended up in the family business after he married a gal named Tracy Burgee, who happened to be the great-great-granddaughter of the funeral home’s founder.