Growing up in Towson, Maryland in the 1960s

I lived in Towson from 1955 to 1975 and was a teen there in the magnificent 1960s. Towson was home to several noted (or notorious), characters:

  1. Divine – aka Harris Glenn Milstead, respected ground-breaking cross-dressing actor/performer

  2. John Waters – Underground filmmaker, performer, author and cultural icon

  3. Madalyn Murray O’Hare – Notorious atheist activist whose Supreme Court Case prohibited reciting prayers in public schools

  4. Spiro T. Agnew – Vice President under Richard Nixon- resigned due to criminal activities

  5. Arthur Bremer – Attempted assassin of George Wallace (incarcerated in Towson Jail for several months)

  6. 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.

  7. Michael Phelps – Olympic swimming champion, won more Olympic medals than any other human. What a party that group would have made, but they certainly left their mark! Here are links to the stories, originally published by the web magazine, SPLICETODAY.COM

  8. https://www.splicetoday.com/baltimore/my-friend-the-antiques-thief

  9. https://www.splicetoday.com/baltimore/outcast-culture

  10. https://www.splicetoday.com/baltimore/my-band-wasn-t-great-but-we-had-the-gear

  11. https://www.splicetoday.com/writing/my-church-choir-youth

  12. https://www.splicetoday.com/writing/suburban-moms-in-the-1960s

  13. https://www.splicetoday.com/baltimore/how-i-learned-to-love-private-school

  14. https://www.splicetoday.com/writing/my-first-car-and-the-friend-who-stole-an-edgar-allan-poe-document

  15. https://www.splicetoday.com/baltimore/beatniks-in-baltimore-and-my-first-band

  16. https://www.splicetoday.com/baltimore/tourists-exploring-1920s-baltimore

  17. https://www.splicetoday.com/writing/the-best-of-times-in-1980s-manhattan

  18. https://www.splicetoday.com/writing/i-nearly-burned-down-the-poe-house

  19. https://www.splicetoday.com/moving-pictures/blaxploitation-is-my-game

  20. https://www.splicetoday.com/pop-culture/fan-freak

  21. https://www.splicetoday.com/writing/brief-visit-to-afghanistan

  22. https://www.robertmaier.us/2020/10/09/growing-up-in-towson/

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