So the prodigal founder plans his return, his wallet fattened by another sale of another newspaper he started. We immediately presumed he would start another business and asked if his City Paper partner, Alan Hirsch (of Donna's fame), or Press contributor and longtime Baltimore political gadfly Frank DeFilippo figured in his plans. "Alan and Frank do not figure in any of this, except to hang out with," he remarks, emphasizing that all he plans to do is write, write, write. "I'll be continuing Mugger for NYPress but will seek other venues as well."
Before he even gets back to town, though, Baltimore will get a dose of Smith: Johns Hopkins Magazine is preparing a profile of the politically conservative publisher. It's "due to come out in February," the JHU alum says. "The writer did interview me in New York a few times, and I had to endure a long photo session, so I doubt it'll be just a blurb."
The Press' longtime editor, Baltimorean John Strausbaugh, is not faring as well in the transition. He was canned while attempting to vacation over the winter holidays and was replaced by his colleague, managing editor Lisa Kearns. The Nose was unable to track down Strausbaugh, but Kearns writes in an e-mail that she misses him a lot during these "odd times" at the Press.
Over the years, the Nose has noticed that many Baltimore ex-pats who revile life here (often for all the right reasons) tend to turn up back in town later in life with a different attitude. Perhaps Smith is one of them. And maybe Strausbaugh, who penned a particularly venomous feature about Baltimore in the Press a few years ago, will join him. One of the many things the Nose likes about this town is that, like a good drinking buddy, it can take all manner of abuse and still have open arms, a few aspirin, and a little hair-of-the-dog when the fighting's all over.
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