Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

July 8, 2014 10:27 AM0 comments

Whatever became of Arlington’s most famous beauty queen? A reader slipped me clippings from the old Washington Star and Alexandria Gazette reporting the pulchritudinous triumphs of Gail Renshaw, who in 1969 was named Miss USA-World. At the time Miss Renshaw was en route to London to compete to be Miss […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 1, 2014 11:26 AM0 comments

Ballston Common Mall looks deserted at the moment. Perhaps that’s because I’m here at 6:30 a.m. reporting for weekday duty working out at Sport and Health. After three months it’s still odd to see joggers pounding past the shuttered storefronts, and to sit naked in the sauna just steps through […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 24, 2014 11:51 AM0 comments

Silver-tongued Gov. Terry McAuliffe blew into town June 18 to help the Arlington Committee of 100 celebrate its 60th anniversary. The crowd of 150-plus for the fancier-than-usual banquet at Washington Golf and Country Club rightfully congratulated itself on the civility of its even-handed monthly debates. McAuliffe, however, spoke with more […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 10, 2014 12:06 PM1 comment

I was hit up by a stranger on Lee Highway last month. But instead of soliciting my money, he wanted my promise not to give money – to today’s mercenary political candidates. As Virginia’s 8th District voters headed for the polls in the June 10 primary to fill the seat of Rep. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 3, 2014 10:36 AM0 comments

History lovers will be pleased to learn that the top-selling (on newsstands) issue of Arlington Magazine was last fall’s special issue on our county’s storied past. That’s astonishing in this era of digital publishing ephemera and pressure on publications to play it safe with listings of hot restaurants and best […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 27, 2014 10:21 AM1 comment

Col. Harland Sanders – Kentucky hero, creator of the 11-spice secret to deeee-licious chicken and today a global icon – cut quite a swath through Arlington. I know because I met the goateed charmer in his white linen suit on the Little League football field at Barcroft Park circa 1963, when he ambled out […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 20, 2014 9:17 AM0 comments

In the secret lives of bees, May marks the middle of “swarm season” when the insects fly and pollinate before the summer season of honey harvesting. Having sampled homemade honey for sale at the County Fair labeled with Arlington addresses, I recently alighted on a few of our community’s dozen-plus […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 13, 2014 11:11 AM0 comments

Decades before Clarendon became the pub crawl mecca for Arlington twentysomethings, it was home to “Little Saigon.” Though only a few Vietnamese restaurants remain, many locals recall the era from 1975 through the 1980s when Clarendon – long Arlington’s quasi-downtown —was dramatically altered and dubbed “the Mekong Delta” by the press. (As […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 6, 2014 9:50 AM0 comments

The proposed streetcar continues to roil Arlington and may be put to the populist test in a November referendum. The latest bone of contention in this byzantine debate is a $97,000 study the county commissioned projecting that the Columbia Pike corridor gains $3.2 billion to $4.4 billion in development if […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 29, 2014 10:09 AM0 comments

The homeless among us are often invisible, the well-dressed speaker noted, and many of them prefer it that way. But Arlington’s community of activists against homelessness was plenty visible April 24, when 300 turned out at a Ballston conference center for the first-ever “Coming Home Breakfast” fundraiser put on by […]

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