Dark Shadow’s David Selby Haunts 1969 Baltimore Parade


On Sept. 14, 1969, David Selby was grand marshal of the “I Am An American Day Parade” in Baltimore, Maryland. It was a huge event: Crowd numbers were estimated to have topped 200,000 for the Sunday parade.

“Thousands of teen-age girls swarmed next to the reviewing stand, where Mr. Selby sat throughout the day, screaming at the top of their lungs,” reported The Baltimore Sun the following day. “One police officer, who helped escort the television performer during the parade, said the youths were ‘behaving themselves’ and had caused little trouble, but another officer attempting to control the crowd indicated the police had some difficulty. ‘Motorcycle escorts don’t mean anything,’ he said, adding ‘They knock over the motorcycles.'”

The newspaper also included the following quote from Selby, taken from a speech he delivered to the crowd: “With all the troubles and problems we have today, I wanted to tell you it’s really not so bad to be an American.”

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Baltimore Axehole Douses Self with Body Spray, Lights Cigarette, Blows Up Car

Body spray, lit cigarette cause apparent explosion in Woodlawn, police say

By Saliqa A. Khan (WBAL TV, 3/1/2018)

A man was injured and at least two vehicles were damaged in an apparent explosion in Baltimore County.

Police were called around 11:22 a.m. to the parking lot of the Restaurant House in the 1600 block of Whitehead Court in Woodlawn.

A man was inside a company vehicle with the windows down and the ventilation system blowing air out when he used a power stick body spray — a flammable aerosol — and it circulated in the vehicle before he lit a cigarette, police said.

At that time, there was a “sudden, violent expansion of air” that created a booming sound, shook a nearby building and blew open the car trunk, doors and opened the hood, police said.

A nearby vehicle was also damaged, police said.

The victim was walking and talking when first responders arrived, but he was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

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Walmart sells Misshapen Wooden Maryland Object

This Maryland-shaped Walmart item … doesn’t really look like Maryland

By Wesley Case (The Baltimore Sun, 2/28/2018)

It happened again, Walmart.

After a 2016 blunder involving a University of Maryland T-shirt, the retail company has been criticized by Free State residents again — this time for a wooden craft in the shape of Maryland … that doesn’t look like Maryland.


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National Brewing Company’s “James Bond’s 007 Special Blend” (1968)

“A subtle blend of premium beer and malt liquor.”

Bond Lifestyle: “The James Bond’s 007 Special Blend cans featured attractive women posing in front of famous London backdrops. The brand was pulled when National Brewing learned that it might have been a good idea to check with the estate of Ian Fleming about using its trademarks for a commercial product. The cans are highly valued by collectors, and currently can fetch more than $500.”

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