Poetry Spotlight: Watchdog of Baltimore by Hyman Pressman

561981927.0.mThis is exactly the kind of Baltimore ephemera (especially in book form) that I live for. Hyman Pressman was the comptroller of Baltimore from 1963-1991. I don’t have any memories of him since he was before my time but, he seemed like quite the character.

For the purpose of this post, he was a compulsive verse writer. At the drop of a hat he would pen a few lines to commemorate an event, a person, and his sports teams.

Watchdog came out in 1977. Pressman died in 1996 (obit)

 

CITY HALL’S HUNDREDTH BIRTHDAY

Our City Hall is a hundred years old.

They claim the dome was never sold.

With so much hot air, it’s none too soon.

To put it all in a hot-air balloon.

10-24-75

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