Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

February 11, 2015 6:55 PM0 comments

When Maywood neighborhood “Mayor” Bob McAtee died last September at 100, his title as most-senior life-long Arlingtonian could pass to John Moore. The 96-year-old—who told me he knew fellow Washington-Lee High School alum McAtee—also lived and worked for nine decades within one square Arlington mile. Moore was born at his […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 3, 2015 4:30 PM0 comments

Three score or more of Arlington’s online news addicts came face-to-face Jan. 27. The usually-virtual networkers shelled out a food-and-drink fee to mingle and congratulate the team at the newsblog ARLnow for reaching its fifth year of continuous local coverage. Cajoling the crowd via posters to “party like it’s 2010,” […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 27, 2015 2:44 PM0 comments

If there’s a Marryin’ Sam in Arlington, that would be Gerald Williams. From his basement office in a 1940s-vintage small-practice law building on Courthouse Square, the 82-year-old Williams performs “no appointment necessary” civil weddings that take under an hour. Averaging 25-30 per week, Williams figures that since embarking on this […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 21, 2015 6:23 PM0 comments

December’s announcement that the storied H-B Woodlawn “hippie high school” program will move to a new multi-story building in upper Rosslyn was greeted with relative equanimity. But high among the worries that surfaced – revealingly – is what will become of “the words of the prophets [that] are written on […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 14, 2015 7:25 PM0 comments

Herewith a discovery in the story of slavery in 19th-century Arlington. John Taylor, a local schoolmate who works at Brown’s Hardware, shared with me a remarkable boyhood memory. Back in the 1960s, at an old house two doors from his in the Overlee Knolls neighborhood, he once ducked into a […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 6, 2015 2:57 PM0 comments

Women in public office. It may seem normal today—look at Arlington’s School Board with four of five members female, and our County Board with two of five. But it was not long ago when “women made the coffee and the men ran for office,” I was reminded recently by longtime […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 30, 2014 2:32 PM0 comments

Much ado of late in the Arlington theater scene. The creative-but-resented-by-some Artisphere, the county announced Dec. 17, will likely shut down June 30. It’s a casualty of subsidies that failed to produce the envisioned self-sustaining, hip arts and drama institution that would help revitalize nighttime Rosslyn. That same day, the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 23, 2014 5:19 PM0 comments

I retain memories of roughly 60 Christmases spent here in Arlington. Those sugarplum visions range from family trips to buy a Christmas tree at churches or the Optimist Club lot, to early visits to the laps of Santa impersonators at Hecht’s or Kann’s department stores. But when I drive through […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 16, 2014 3:30 PM0 comments

Arlington makes a mission of being economically diverse. But market forces push in the opposite direction. That clash as it impacts the exploding costs of housing was explored at a Dec. 10 Committee of 100 discussion. The upshot: hope for solutions built around a convergence of interests between aging baby […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 9, 2014 3:11 PM0 comments

I was riding the tourist mobile at Arlington Cemetery this October when I chanced to notice an elegant tombstone bearing the name Edward Rowny. I recognized him as the decorated Army general who headed President Reagan’s team negotiating strategic arms limitations with the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Flash forward […]

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