Articles by: Charlie Clark

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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Our Man in Arlington

May 4, 2016 11:11 PM0 comments

There came a point in Arlington’s cultural history – yes, the swinging ‘60s – when sports heroes were eclipsed as idols for youth by rock bands. I experienced this at age 12, when with the British invasion at full tilt, I got my first electric guitar. I fantasized my high-volume […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 26, 2016 11:28 AM0 comments

I’m a man who could be accused of being a member Arlington’s WASP establishment. Hence I feel compelled to share a recent off-the-beaten-path experience. On April 14, I spent a pleasurable evening in an Arab-American night club of Wilson Blvd., surrounded by hookah mist and waitresses in skimpy outfits, laughing […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 19, 2016 2:00 PM0 comments

A county archeological dig, I can announce here, has uncovered a cache of nearly 2,000 18th-and 19th-century artifacts at the Dawson Bailey House. Known to many for its playground, rec center and voting station overlooking Spout Run, the upper Rosslyn structure long known as Dawson Terrace is considered Arlington’s oldest […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 12, 2016 12:42 PM0 comments

“When you turn on your taps and flush your toilets, you have the Arlington Civic Federation to thank.” So read the earthy history compiled in tribute to that sometimes-cacophonous collection of 80 neighborhood entities celebrating its 100th anniversary this month. Last Friday’s Civic Federation gala banquet at the Rosslyn Holiday […]

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