In a reoccurring series The Darkroom takes a look back at some of the talented photojournalists who have helped shape the pages of The Baltimore Sun. One such photographer was Weyman Swagger.
William Donald Schaefer
As my time at The Baltimore Sun comes to a close, I was asked to encapsulate the 30 years (half my life) in a few paragraphs – which is impossible. If added together, I’ve spent years at a variety of stadiums, arenas and gyms around the country, with an up-close view of sports history. I’ve covered World Series, Super Bowls, Final Fours, Stanley Cup Finals, etc., and I’ve been paid to be there — what a job! My career in Baltimore lasted longer then Cal Ripken Jr.’s, and I have thousands of photos to prove it.
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.”
Charismatic politician William Donald Schaefer served the people of Maryland for 50 years at both the local and state level. It was one year ago today that Schaefer was buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium. During his tenure, Schaefer won praise for his “do-it-now” philosophy. His focus was as much on getting potholes patched as launching major developments such as Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. At times, Schaefer could be a charmer, a task master and enigmatic, but he was never dull. With that in mind, we decided to take a look back at the many faces of this man-of-the-people.
The Baltimore region is full of character and life, and so are the people who live here. Their photos have filled the pages of The Sun since 1901, when photos were first published in the newspaper. They’ve made news, changed history and often entertained our readers. With this in mind, we look at some of the people who helped define our great city. These are just a few. Who do you feel we left out? We would love to hear your suggestions in the comments.