Love after 50 still going strong

By: Connie George

Love and romance are such ageless, timeless concepts that even some primitive cave drawings have been found depicting courtship and the connection of hearts.Here in the 21st century, those sentiments are as alive as ever and — surprisingly for some — particularly so for the over-50 crowd.Advances in healthcare are keeping our bodies and minds in better shape for longer than ever ... READ MORE

A life filled with shooting stars

By: Connie George

Bill Kobrin spent several hours snapping pictures of Marilyn Monroe in her underwear one steamy summer night, but had no idea it was going to make him famous.The photographer responsible for Monroe’s most iconic image — standing atop a breezy subway tunnel vent with her skirt billowing up above her panties — recently reflected on a 60-year career that began with pictures... READ MORE

Going, going, gone at auction

By: Barbara Ruben

In 1963, Enid Liess was on the hunt for a piece of artwork to punch up her new apartment. At a fundraising auction at her temple, the bidding went past her budget for a modern art painting that caught her eye.But a friend stepped in to make the winning bid of $27.50 for the painting called “The Statesman” — which resembled a Cubist George Washington wearing a sideways... READ MORE

Paying a debt back with passion

By: Robert Friedman

When asked why he is involved in so many volunteer endeavors, Howard County’s 2011 Volunteer of the Year, Jacques Fein, replies simply, “I was saved by strangers. I am forever grateful.”A resident of Elkridge since 1970, and now 73 years old, Fein spent much of his early childhood hiding from the Nazis in France.His parents, Rojza and Szmul Karpik, had immigrated to France ... READ MORE

Crafting a new career in politics

By: Carol Sorgen

Wendy Rosen is “completely surprised” at how her life has evolved over the past three decades. In her 57 years, the former graphic designer-turned advertising executive-turned successful business owner has, along the way, also become a publisher, the founder of a trade association — and now a candidate for a U.S. Congressional seat from Maryland’s First District.It... READ MORE

Robert Duvall’s Virginia roots

By: Bob Brown and Bill Lohmann

The familiar figure walked into the living room of his home in The Plains, a small town just off Route 66 in Fauquier County, Va., wearing a navy-blue shirt, blue jeans and cowboy boots.He greeted a pair of strangers with the sort of geniality most of us reserve for people we actually know. “What’s up! Good to see you!” he said. “Bobby Duvall. How are you?”In a ... READ MORE