Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

July 13, 2016 7:05 PM0 comments

I scored an adventure in local radio last month. Former county board candidate Andrew Schneider asked me onto his Friday morning “Arlington Voices” show on Arlington’s own FM radio station WERA-LP 96.7 on (most of) your dials. We talked writing, history and too much on my adolescence. I learned that […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 5, 2016 3:19 PM0 comments

The reinterpretation of our county’s most famous landmark continues apace. At Arlington House on June 25, I was pleased to be a face in the crowd for the National Park Service reenactment of the 1821 wedding of two of the plantation’s enslaved persons. The notion that this under-publicized historical anomaly […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 28, 2016 1:34 PM0 comments

When an historic home is threatened by a developer, preservationists should mull the option of jacking up the house on a flatbed truck and moving it to more welcoming pastures. Of course, it would not be cheap. A famous application of such a remedy in Arlington involves the 19th-century Eastlawn […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 21, 2016 1:48 PM0 comments

The tear-down specialists are targeting old homes on historic Minor’s Hill. As the highest point in Arlington, this prominence at the Fairfax line figured in the War of 1812 (Dolly Madison allegedly stayed there while escaping the British) and as a Civil War observation post owned by the secessionist Minor […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 15, 2016 7:17 PM0 comments

For this Father’s Day, I’ll honor my old man by sharing some intimate information that he himself never knew. The late Keith Clark (1923-81) spent nearly half his life as an Arlingtonian (I count six addresses beginning during World War II). As an intelligence professional, he was comfortable with secrecy. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 7, 2016 4:12 PM0 comments

Like many parents whose kids have moved beyond the school system, I have faded in recent years from the PTA and school policy activism in which I once reveled. So I was pleased to get my feet wet again last month when I was asked to help judge college scholarship […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 2, 2016 11:09 AM0 comments

This month we mark the 50th anniversary of one of Arlington’s noblest out-of-the-limelight institutions – the Gulf Branch Nature Center. I’ve long maintained a personal relationship with that contemplative haven near my boyhood home. But for thousands, Gulf Branch embodies Arlington’s visionary environmental progressivism – a movement that today finds […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 24, 2016 3:32 PM0 comments

George Washington drank here. From a spring. In the 1780s. In Arlington, on the Moses Ball land grant property off of Carlin Springs Road. You can see it if you’re willing to venture onto the property owned by Virginia Hospital Center. I visited the site this month when I took […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 18, 2016 6:42 PM0 comments

Arlington Cemetery will conduct a special ceremony June 13 that will weave together a tragedy from World War II and achievers in current-day Arlington youth sports. The Merrill Hoover Award, which is given annually to a top female high school athlete by the Better Sports Club of Arlington, is named […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 11, 2016 6:06 PM0 comments

Your curmudgeonly columnist has again joined the etiquette battle between pedestrians and drivers on Washington Blvd. Twice this spring, I’ve been at the wheel and exchanged glares with pedestrians who, shall we say, have a different interpretation of the meaning of those white stripes painted to form mid-block crosswalks (the […]

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