Hello, KI; here come the tourists

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

The Bal­ti­more Sun car­ried a full-page fea­ture with plenty of pho­tos last Satur­day about Kent Is­land. There were good shots of the Is­land and a nice fea­ture that should boost tourism. I’m not sure the folks down there want more de­vel­op­ment, how­ever. I go back to the times I used to take a day and drive down, just af­ter the Kent Is­land Shop­ping Cen­ter was built, to sell ads for the pa­per, and re­mem­ber how traf­fic was get­ting heav­ier. I used to stop in Julius Groll­man’s gen­eral store in the mid­dle of town and have a visit (never sold him any ads, as I re­call) and sit down with the wa­ter­men who used to gather in the cen­ter of the store af­ter their work for the day.

RIO OLYMPICS END I am sure many of my reader-friends fol­lowed most of the ac­tion in the 2016 Rio Olympics that came to an end Sun­day evening with a color­ful cer­e­mony in that huge sta­dium. It was re­ally color­ful, but at times weird, some­what like the opening cer­e­mony that I could not quite un­der­stand.

There was plenty to cheer about for the U.S., and I know ev­ery­one here rooted for Mary­land’s own Michael Phelps and Katie Ledeckie in the swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion. I un­der­stand Mary­land ath­letes won 18 golds, four sil­ver and one bronze medal, and that only four coun­tries won more medals than Mary­land alone.

It was quite a show; now we can look for­ward to Tokyo in 2020.

A FEW YEARS AGO Had a very in­ter­est­ing visit with my good friend Bob Wol­cott, Eas­ton’s premier coin col­lec­tor, the other day. He had a few items from Cen­tre­ville’s past he wanted me to see, in­clud­ing the top sec­tion of a cal­en­dar (no date) that was put out by Wright and Lowe.

He said, “Re­mem­ber when they were in busi­ness here, they were right where you built the Good­will Firehouse.”

I said it must have been about 1948 be­cause I re­call tak­ing pic­tures when the cor­ner­stone was laid for the firehouse on that site on Broad­way.

Any­way, the top por­tion of Bob’s cal­en­dar he wanted me to see was printed in bold let­ters: Wright and Lowe, Hard­ware, Car­riages, Stoves and Agri­cul­tural Im­ple­ments.

But that was not the only thing about it Bob wanted to show me. On the back, pasted up in now-very-yel­low­ing pa­per, was a Rev­o­lu­tion­ary bal­lad con­cern­ing Tench Til­gh­man, Gen­eral Wash­ing­ton’s aide, writ­ten for the school chil­dren of Mary­land by the Rev. Dr. Oliver Huckel. It is very long, much too long to be reprinted here, but I must give it to the county his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety, if they would like it.

Bob also has sev­eral Cen­tre­ville Na­tional Bank notes signed by my father when he was a cashier back in the early 30s.

It was a great visit with my old friend, who is a Cen­tre­ville na­tive and whose mother did her best to teach me how to play the piano many years ago.

CALL TRUMP’S BLUFF I al­ways read the op-ed columnists in The Star Demo­crat — although I don’t al­ways agree with them. But the other day, Linda Chavez wrote that “The IRS should call Trump’s bluff.” And I cer­tainly agree with that.

She noted that the IRS would not pre­vent Trump from re­leas­ing his tax re­turns while they are un­der au­dit. This is the gov­ern­ment’s way to in­sure that tax­pay­ers do not cheat on their tax re­turns, but Linda writes that the IRS could close the au­dit of Trump’s re­turns right now and he would have no more ex­cuse not to re­lease them. Nat­u­rally, I and I am sure many other vot­ers, feel that he is hid­ing some­thing in those re­turns he does not want vot­ers to see.

The man is a fraud with the big­gest ego in the world. How many more out­landish state­ments will he come up with be­fore the Novem­ber elec­tion?

A FI­NAL LAUGH That’s enough of the po­lit­i­cal stuff; let us end this week’s visit with a laugh. It goes like this: CRE­ATION A man said to his wife, “I don’t know how you can be so stupid and so beau­ti­ful all at the same time.”

The wife re­sponded, “Al­low me to ex­plain. God made me beau­ti­ful so you would be at­tracted to me; God made me stupid so I would be at­tracted to you!”

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