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

Pinball wizard comes to Baltimore

By: Carol Sorgen

David Silverman found his life’s passion when he was just 4 years old. On a family vacation in upstate New York, Silverman’s father gave him a handful of nickels to play the pinball machines.“In New York City, where we lived, pinball machines were outlawed, so I had never seen one before,” the now-63-year-old landscape designer recalled. But all it took was those few ... READ MORE