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Best Honorary Baltimorean

Suzanne “Underdog” Muldowney

Scott Huffines, Atomic TV

Posted 9/22/2004

For the last time it’s not “Underdog Lady,” you Howard Stern-listening cretin. It’s just Underdog. And that’s only one of the characters that special-needs performance artist Suzanne Muldowney portrays in her occasional sojourns to B-more. You may have seen her interpretation of the Olympic Spirit in the annual Greektown parade. Or as a sparkly, snowflaked Ghost of Christmas Present in the Mayor’s Christmas Parade. And maybe someday we’ll be lucky enough to see her other “dance movement interpretations,” such as Vlad the Impaler, Spectrum the Ghost King, or Irish Cinderella. But it’s her signature rendition of the airborne pooch that burns an unforgettable hole in the brain. Resplendent in her hand-sewn costume and utterly unfettered by convention or inhibition, how can someone so Baltimore be from Delran, N.J.? Never mind—in the spirit of this year’s 40th anniversary of Underdog’s creation, we declare Suzanne Muldowney a permanent spiritual, if not geographic, resident of Charm City. We salute you, Suzanne. Long may you wave.

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