|What Key saw by the dawn's early light!|
Why was Key, an American lawyer, aboard the Royal Navy vessel? Well, at the time, lawyers were not allowed to advertise their services on television. Reasons given for this ban generally include the sad fact that even those who had TV sets in 1814 had no electric outlets anyway. So Key got legal work as he found it, and had to go aboard HMS Tonnant, as the guests of three British officers, as he negotiated the release of prisoners. One of the prisoners held by the British was Dr. William Beanes, of Upper Marlboro, MD. Beanes had put "rowdy stragglers" under citizen's arrest in what is today Baltimore's fabulous Inner Harbor, a worldwide mecca for rowdy stragglers.
|Not really my license tag|
|One of these kids was my maternal grandmom, Mary Elizabeth Willis! 1914.|
|2014 human flag being formed|
That same summer of 1914, Baltimore's own George H. "Babe" Ruth, who grew up one long fly ball away from OPACY, went to work for the Boston Red Sox, beginning a legendary pro baseball career.
History follows cycles, and it's interesting to me to reflect on them. It's fascinating to think that the kids in this year's Living Flag might have descendants around in 2114 to see it done again.