Bay Weekly’s 20-Year Book
1993: Volume I
Vol. 1, No 1: April 22, 1993: Our First Cover
Born on Earth Day 1993 as the paper Committed to the Chesapeake, New Bay Times appeared with a cover drawn to tell the whole story.
No. 5, June 17: Burton on the Bay
Bill Burton leaves the Baltimore Evening Sun for upstart New Bay Times.
Okay, I exaggerate. After 35 years with the Sun, the famous outdoors editor was pining from an early buyout at 66 years young. In New Bay Times, he smelled success and opportunity to keep writing — as he did for 16 years.
Bill Burton needs no introduction, we editorialized. Nevertheless, we are happy to announce that with this issue, Bill Burton joins New Bay Times to bring you the finest outdoors column on the Chesapeake.
In Siren Sounds of a Coming Crab War, his first column, Burton wrote that a waterman “mooned a DNR panel in disgust to cap an impassioned plea for less restriction.”
No. 12, September 23: Ol’ Grand Pappy Tobaccy
The wealth of the Maryland colony — was a common but declining field crop by New Bay Times’ 12th issue. Newspapers were black and white back then, except for the comics, so dropping in spot color front, back and center was quite an advance. This is our third spot-color issue.
No. 19, December 30: Faces of Bay Weekly
With one year done, the people of New Bay Times planned to eat their way into a lucky 1994 with heirloom First Day recipes.
1994: Volume II
No. 4, February 24: Iced In
The great ice storm of February 9, 1994, here recalled the week after, turned off our power at work and at home (where a limb crashed through the roof), causing our first and so far only publication delay. New Bay Times hit the streets on Friday, not Thursday.
No. 11, June 2: Premier Weekly Issue
June 6, 1944, was D-Day, when 100,000 Allied forces stormed the beaches of France to take Europe back from Hitler.
We commemorated the 50th anniversary with stories of two World War II boats, one living and one dead. The captured German U-boat Black Panther lies at the bottom of the Potomac River. But Bruce Bauer of Shady Side still sailed an English sailboat designed to be dropped from the sky to rescue sailors torpedoed by the U-Boats.
Fortnightly was too easy, we decided with that paper, our 23rd. Thus we became New Bay Times ~ Weekly.
1995: Volume III
No. 1, January 5: First Movie Reviews
Doc Shereikis, the Movie Professor, writes our first movie reviews. I.Q., Little Women, Mixed Nuts, Nell, Pulp Fiction and Disclosure, which earns his first review in doggerel verse, reserved for the worst:
This is a tale of two hotshot execs
Who get all embroiled in matters of sex …
Doc reviewed for us for four years, until he said he couldn’t bear to sit through another bad movie.
In sad synchronicity, Richard Shereikis departed this world the day I wrote these words, March 29, 2013. As well as Doc Shereikis Bay Weekly’s Movie Professor, Rich was a street-wise south Chicagoan proud of his Lithuanian roots; a Dickens scholar and lit prof; curmudgeon intolerant of pretension; sports nut, humorist, columnist and ace movie reviewer first for the paper I grew up with, Illinois Times; husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Jonathan Parker, Mark Burns and, now, Diana Beechener have followed in Doc’s footsteps, and to this day, Bay Weekly brings you the smartest movie reviews and previews.
1996: Volume IV
No. 5, February 1: Let’s Go Fishing!
Bill Burton liked football, especially the great Colts Steve Stonebreaker and Johnny Unitas. But the Hall of Fame outdoors writer loved the Chesapeake more. Maryland’s subsidy of a new stadium for Baltimore’s new, as-yet-unnamed team outraged him; that money should have been spent on the Bay, he roared in many a column.
With the support of Bay Weekly readers, he organized a retaliatory protest: boycott football for one Sunday and go fishing instead. Thus began the tradition of Bill Burton’s fall rockfish fishing trip, sponsored by New Bay Times.
On February 1, 1996, Burton surveyed readers. On February, 29, he announced his plan. On Sunday, September 22, we went fishing, as you see in Burton’s column of September 26.
No. 14, April 4: Not Just for Kids
Not Just for Kids was everybody’s favorite job. In our early years, our mini-paper for young readers spread news, puzzles, stories, poems, art, photos, tricks and reports from our junior reporters plus places to go and things to do across the two pages of our center section. This one brought in spring.
1997: Volume V
No. 47, November 20: Season’s Bounty
By 1997, we’d made it an annual tradition to compress six weeks of holiday offerings into Bay Weekly’s guide to the Local Bounty of Chesapeake Country. On November 20, 1997, Thanksgiving’s turkey and Old Father Time joined Saint Nick on our cover.