I lived in Towson from 1955 to 1975 and was a teen there in the magnificent 1960s. Here is a collection of pieces previously published on Splicetoday.com about those strange times.
Towson was home to several noted (or notorious), game-changing characters:
- Divine – aka Harris Glenn Milstead, respected ground-breaking cross-dressing actor/performer
- John Waters – Underground filmmaker, performer, author and cultural icon
- Madalyn Murray O’Hare – Notorious atheist activist whose Supreme Court Case prohibited reciting prayers in public schools
- Spiro T. Agnew – Vice President under Richard Nixon- resigned due to criminal activities
- Arthur Bremer – Attempted assassin of George Wallace (incarcerated in Towson Jail for several months)
- F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald – lived in La Paix mansion on the same street where Divine grew up, while Zelda was treated at the Shepherd Pratt Mental Hospital. Zelda was suspected of starting a spectacular fire that nearly burned the mansion to the ground.
- Michael Phelps – Olympic swimming champion, won more Olympic medals than any human.
What a party that group would have made, but they certainly left their mark!
Here are links to the stories, originally published in the web magazine, SPLICETODAY.COM