By Michael Olesker
Think of this as a shout across a highway. It’s a shout for a man who had a paintbrush and a dream. After all this time, I miss him still. He is the “Hon Man.” He should have headed Baltimore’s unofficial welcoming committee, but political nonsense got in the way.
Remember the “Hon Man”? Back in the ‘90s, he’s the guy who sneaked out there when nobody was looking, out along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway a few miles before you get to the city’s two great ballparks, and he put a paintbrush to a municipal sign that said, “Welcome to Baltimore,” and he changed it with three little hand-painted letters to, “Welcome to Baltimore, Hon.”
Oh, what a beautiful gesture! Oh, what a sweet way to welcome all visitors to a city otherwise too often associated primarily with mayhem and murder — to offer a comic example, instead, of the municipal mother-tongue, a good-natured greeting characteristic of an unaffected Bawlamer sloughing off all manner of formality.
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