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Facebook Wall - Historical photos, Betty Beale

quote: Betty Beale of the Washington Star,...
Phil Falcone5:00am May 26
quote: Betty Beale of the Washington Star, wields a whip while Patty Cavin of NBC Radio, practices being a scared tigress, as members of the Women's National Press Club pose in the parts they will play in the original musical, "My Unfair Ladies" in Washington D.C., May 16, 1957 The club members poke fun at the top newsmakers in Washington in the play which was to be the feature attraction at the annual dinner. (AP Photo/Bill Allen)
Photos: Offbeat Historical Photos

Historical offbeat photography from yesteryear that was just a bit bizarre or just slightly ahead of...
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Trial access to historical “Washington Evening Star”

Through June 30th, the Middlebury College community can search a newly available historical newspaper, the Washington (D.C.) Evening Star.
(After following the link, select the “Newspaper Titles” tab. Then you can select “Evening Star.”) Issues of the paper dated from Dec 16, 1852 – June 6, 1882 are now available.
Please look it over, and send feedback to Rebekah Irwin or your library liaison.

Assistance Needed: Evening Star Wagon refurbish

Assistance Needed: My brother just retuned my...
Phil Falcone12:31pm May 14
Assistance Needed: My brother just retuned my "Evening Star" wagon that I purchased in 1961. My next step is to refurbish it so it looks the way it did when I assembled it. I hope someone has information and/or photos that will help me. My route manager's name was Leonard "Lenny" Blaine. My route was in Aspen Hill along Bauer Drive & Renn Street
Rich Collins
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Facebook Wall - The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904

quote: The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 It...
Phil Falcone7:21am May 12
quote: The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904

It might have begun when someone discarded a burning cigarette in the basement of a downtown office building Feb. 7. Thirty-one hours later, when the conflagration was finally brought under control, an 80-block area of downtown Baltimore had been destroyed, causing more than $150 million in damage — in 1904 dollars.

The city's newspapers, which were located downtown for easy access to governing institutions, were hard-hit, including the five-story Italian palace at Baltimore and South streets known as the Sun Iron Building. The much-admired edifice had been the first structure in the U.S. to use cast-iron beams and columns, and they framed row after row of gleaming glass windows.

The Iron Building was abandoned 12 hours after the fire broke out, as embers fell on the roof. A chartered train took editors and printers south to the Washington Star, which had volunteered the use of its offices and presses. The Sun was distributed the next morning on schedule from the Camden station.
Baltimore Sun: Making news

There's a fallacy that reporters detest being in the spotlight. If that were really true, articles w...
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Facebook Wall - From Jack Germond

From Jack Germond
Phil Falcone7:15am May 12
From Jack Germond
The political columnist: Bitter lessons in the South

I remember feeling trepidation when Jules Witcover and I, partners in writing our political column, ...
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Facebook Wall - Lorraine Fricka, May 5, 2012

Sad news!
Phil Falcone4:37am May 8
Sad news!
Lorraine Ann Fricka - Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home

Share a memory on Lorraine Fricka's tribute.
Lorraine Ann Rich Fricka, formerly of Washington, DC, passed away peacefully at Taylor Melfa House, Denton, MD, where she resided for the past three years.

Born in Bath, Maine, she was the only child of the late Fred P. and Laura A. Dalton Rich, and step-daughter to the late Edward J. Bernier.

Much of Lorraine’s early years were spent in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she was raised by her maternal grandmother. She returned to the States to reside with her mother and step-father in Rockland, Maine, where she graduated from Rockland High School. Memories from high school, she always said, were her best and most favorite. The family moved to Brunswick, Maine, where Lorraine worked as a bookkeeper at Montgomery Ward’s. She also worked at the Bath Iron Works and attended nursing school at Deering Nursing School in Farmington, Maine.

Lorraine proudly and honorably served her country in the United Sates Navy as a Pharmacist’s Mate, Second Class, and was based in Bainbridge, MD and Camp Lejeune, NC.

Lorraine moved to Washington, DC in the late 40’s and graduated from the Washington School for Secretaries. She also attended a modeling school. Lorraine began her career at the Evening Star, later renamed the Washington Star, in the advertising department in the early 50’s. She was part of the development and inception of the television magazine for the paper, and eventually worked her way up to assistant editor of the TV Magazine, working closely with the late Bernie Harrison. Her nearly 30 year career at the Washington Star was her love and her passion, and she greatly enjoyed being part of the Star family. It was a very sad and difficult time for Lorraine when the shining light of the Star was extinguished in 1981. Shortly after its demise, she went to work for the Washingtonian Magazine, where she was an editorial assistant for five years.

On February 20, 1954, Lorraine married Ronald J. Fricka, formerly of Cicero, IL, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, Washington, DC, where they were parishioners for over twenty years. They were married for 51 years at the time of Ronald’s death in June, 2005.

Lorraine enjoyed traveling and visited many wonderful places, including several trips to Ireland, Hawaii, France and various provinces in Canada. She loved Rehoboth Beach in Delaware and would spend several weeks there every summer. 
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