I was born in Washington, DC. My parents had an apartment in Cleveland Park on Porter Street. Later, they moved us to a wonderful row house on Lanier Place in Adams Morgan. I have moved here and there as an adult. I have realized one major thing, you can take the man out of the city…but you can never take the city out of the man.
As a boy, I played stick ball in the alleys of Adams Morgan. Summers were filled with expeditions in Rock Creek Park, visits to the zoo and day trips to Griffith Stadium. I have had the wonderful experience of watching Ted Williams belt a home run, cheering Larry Brown as he churned for yardage and listening to the biggest stars on the stage of the Carter Baron amphitheater.
My Washington experience includes enjoying the neighborhood pride festivals in the Upper Northwest, a fish sandwich from the Shrimpboat, Adams Morgan Day, the Cherry Blossom festival, fireworks on the mall on the 4th of July, Inaugurations, demonstrations and the Festival of Peace on the Ellipse at Christmas.
The National Mall is a summer long festival site and I have not even mentioned the neighborhood fairs and restaurant events that occur throughout the year. There is always something to do in DC. You can visit museums, study architecture, see a play or enjoy the opera. It is a grand place to live or visit.
I was fortunate enough to witness Robert Frost at Kennedy’s inaugural, Martin Luther King give his famous “I had a dream” speech, the Beatles at Uline Arena, and many live events and protests that have occurred over the years.
I am old enough to remember the suitability of Walter Washington, the genius and charisma of Marion Barry, the charm of Sharon Pratt Dixon, the triumphant return of Marion Barry, and the utilitarian Tony Williams.
I am young enough to stroll in awe of the Cherry Blossoms each spring, enjoy a show at the 9:30 club and find delight in the marvelous architecture of Washington’s buildings.
I believe in self government. I believe in home rule. I believe in equality.
This is my hometown. I am an artist, a writer and a Realtor. I will share the city as I see it, the good, the bad and the ugly. You are welcome to come along for the ride.
And today …. well, they call me Pop Pop