Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

September 5, 2018 2:15 PM0 comments

Back-to-school rituals and football season for many hit hard this week. The gridiron game, however, has evolved since my playing days. Three area high schools this year canceled seasons due to low turnout, a University of Maryland player died this spring and both the NFL and NCAA have new rules […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 28, 2018 7:40 PM0 comments

Currently, you can’t visit Arlington’s namesake attraction (statutorily called Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, and long known to those with a southern bent as the Lee Mansion). Tours are paused because the National Park Service in June began renovating the site of the beige-columned historic home overlooking the river […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 21, 2018 9:18 AM0 comments

“Summer’s almost gone,” sang the late Jim Morrison of the Doors (a former Arlington resident). To stretch our time in the warm outdoors, my wife and I recently took a Sunday morning stroll by the South Four Mile Run Drive Community Garden. It should come as no surprise that what […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 13, 2018 5:10 PM0 comments

Remnants of old-time racial hostility, it appears, have persisted among certain staff at Arlington’s Army Navy Country Club. I heard it from an anguished former golf course employee who showed me evidence of race-based mockery, including the tiresome use of bananas for insults. His story, backed by photos and workplace […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 9, 2018 10:16 AM0 comments

Just sold: The modernized 1836 cabin of Caleb Birch, where Teddy Roosevelt stopped while riding, where Presley Rixey’s valet lived while building Washington Golf and Country Club. Birchwood “is NOT historic,” claimed the Century 21 description of the commemorated site at Wakefield and N. 26th sts. “It could be a great […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 1, 2018 8:07 PM0 comments

I joined the several dozen who braved Arlington’s monsoon June 24 and journeyed to the raggedy outskirts of Crystal City. There, separated from the drenched audience by a moat of mud, dignitaries shoveled the first dirt to begin building the disputatious $60 million Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Center. Hints […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 24, 2018 3:20 PM0 comments

If there were an award for unearthing the shiniest gems of Arlington’s past, I would bestow it on Andrew Ratliff. The 55-year-old government contractor is familiar to denizens of the popular “I Grew Up in Arlington, VA” Facebook page (18,340 members) for his deep research and frequent postings. “Metro construction […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 18, 2018 6:15 PM0 comments

Our hometown faces tough choices between the pursuit of green (as in money) and the pursuit of green (as in environmentalism). The County Board’s July 14 meeting showcased leaders resigned to tight budgets focused on infrastructure spending (metro, new schools) within limited government regulatory powers. A symbol for the clash: […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 10, 2018 12:20 PM0 comments

I suspect everyone harbors some local personal “soft spots.” That’s what I call those sites you pass by that trigger old memories — some pleasant, some awkward, all specific — that color your rapport with your hometown. Herewith, as a summer reverie, are some that stick with me after six […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 3, 2018 4:48 PM0 comments

Correction: The original column misstated one Finkelstein quote, it now starts with “One topic she alluded to…” The World War I centennial commemoration is on its home stretch. So I was pleased to witness Arlingtonians doing their part June 28 at an event titled “Arlington Remembers The Great War.” A […]

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