Category Archives: 1980s

Retro Baltimore: The 2016 Marble Bar Photo Shoot

Marble Bar Alums reunite for fun “Dark. Dank. Sweaty. Fetid. Subterranean. A physical eyesore in the basement of a once posh hotel long gone to seed. In other words, the perfect rock venue.” – Michael Yockel (“What Is and What … Continue reading

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“Alternatively Yours”: City Paper founder Russ Smith profiled in Johns Hopkins Magazine

While reading Rafael Alvarez’s Crabtown, USA, I came across the chapter on his early days at City Squeeze, the self-published tabloid founded in 1977 by Johns Hopkins grads Russ Smith and Alan Hirsch, which became the City Paper in 1978. As Alvarez observed, the … Continue reading

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Baltimore, Maryland WNUV TV 54 Mid-1980s Commercial Breaks

A selection of station breaks that aired during a mid-1980s late-night telecast of DUNE on WNUV 54. Commercials include Mr. Ray’s Hair Weave, The Law Offices of Stephen L. Miles, Luskins, The Crease Bar, Value City Furniture, Reliable Shoes, Druid … Continue reading

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City Paper “Sex Issue” recalls Carousel Coupling ‘toon

The “Sex Issue” cover of today’s City Paper (shown above), drawn by Charlie Herrick, recalls the infamous 1987 City Fair cartoon (shown below) that promoters published in The Sun and Evening Sun, while reminding us of how times have changed. The infamous … Continue reading

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