Former Sun photographer Jed Kirschbaum took this iconic photo of Petty Officer Josh Cackowski sharing a laugh with his 18-month-old son Jakob back in 2003. Ten years later, we revisit Cackowski and his son to talk about life since their joyful reunion was captured on film.
Double Exposure: Mermaid, who posed with Mayor Schaefer for iconic 1981 photo, shares her tale three decades later
It was quite the gig at the National Aquarium. A skin-tight, sequined mermaid costume with a 15-foot train. A team of frogmen carried her across a makeshift pond and placed her on a rock. Cameras clicked and flashed. Three seals paid a visit followed by then Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer in an old-fashion swimsuit.
Deborah Lee Walker, who posed with Schaefer for the iconic 1981 photo, shares her tale three decades later: “I had no idea it was going to be as big a deal as it was. But it turned out to be the most fun I ever had on a job.”
One of the most iconic photos taken of the Orioles was snapped back in 1966 after the team had just swept the World Series in four straight games. It features pitcher Dave McNally, catcher Andy Etchebarren and an airborne third baseman Brooks Robinson.
“Brooks made the picture,” said Baltimore Sun photographer Paul Hutchins, who took the photo with a large-format, 21/4 -inch Praktisix camera, using a 600 mm lens. “When the last ball was hit to the outfield, I thought, ‘This is gonna be a big deal.’ So I watched the pitcher [McNally] and, as he came off the mound, I snapped his grin.”
Catonsville’s Henn quadruplets — Thomas, Donald, Bruce and Joan, in that order — were born on Dec. 22, 1946. By the time they were 1-year-old, the babies were already veterans of the international media spotlight and the subject of dozens of news reports from their discover in utero to their parents’ effort to care for them. They were photographed in 1947 by A. Aubrey Bodine for a Sun Magazine cover story.
About the series: As The Baltimore Sun commemorates its 175th anniversary, we revisit the subjects of our most iconic photographs, describing where their lives have led them since their moments in The Sun.
In 1995, The Baltimore Sun ran a front-page photo of a 3-year-old boy, clad only in underpants, standing in front of an ice-cream truck licking a melting Fudgsicle. It sparked calls and letters to the newsroom and became the topic of city-wide conversation, and brought unsought fame to the big-for-his-age boy in the photo.
That boy was John Boias.
“I wouldn’t say the picture is a major part of my life,” said Boias, now 20, who still struggles with his weight. “But it’s a part of my life. I do think it has been important for me to accept that.”