The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 8, 2002
April 8, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 29


Downtown Lecture Series Offers Ocean Racing Adventures, Weight Loss Tips

By Neil Grauer
Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Tales of the high seas aboard racing yacht Chessie, sound advice on losing weight and colorful scenes from a half-century of vintage Baltimore postcards are among the topics in this spring's Downtown at Noon lectures, free to the public at the Downtown Center at Charles and Fayette streets. The hourlong lectures are held on Tuesdays.

Presented by SPSBE in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University Press, the lecture series opened last week with columnist Michael Olesker of The Sun; coming up are Kathy Alexander, press officer for Chessie, the ocean-racing yacht skippered by former T. Rowe Price chief George Collins; Lawrence J. Cheskin, director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center; and Bert and Anthea Smith, collectors of Baltimore postcards printed between 1905 and 1955. The lectures are based on the authors' books of the same names, which will be available for sale and signing. The lineup:

April 16. "Chessie Racing" tells the story of the racing yacht that made history in 1997-98 as the first entry from the Chesapeake Bay to participate in the famous Whitbread Round the World Race. Kathy Alexander will share her experiences as she describes this emotional, roller-coaster race.

April 30. In "Losing Weight for Good," Lawrence J. Cheskin, director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, will discuss how to lose weight and keep it off. A believer that people don't have to change everything about their lives to lose weight, Cheskin will describe how to create a personal, workable plan for weight loss. He'll also share the "watch trick" and other techniques for weight loss developed at the Hopkins Weight Loss Center.

May 14. "Greetings from Baltimore: Postcards from Home" features Bert Smith, a graphic designer, and Anthea Smith, a painter, who will share their collection of 160 richly colored postcards that provide an entertaining, always changing view of Baltimore. Among the scenes are steamboats berthed at the Pratt Street pier, grand downtown department stores and Baltimore's wooden stadium.