Kenneth Widhalm: Pilot & Prospector

By Bob Tagert Kenneth Widhalm Pilot & Prospector      During the NFL playoff games this past month, I was at one of my favorite watering holes, Stoney’s Kingfisher on Solomons Island, Maryland. Watching the action was a gentleman in a Denver Bronco jacket. My business partner here at the Crier is an avid Broncos […]

Ray “Deak” Deakins

By Bob Tagert   Ray “Deak” Deakins An American Highlander   One of the fun things about owning this publication is all of the cool people that I have met and interviewed over the years. This month is no exception. When I attended the Christmas Parade in Little Washington, Virginia the beginning of December, I […]

Mike “Sperm Whale” Critz

Mike “Sperm Whale” Critz DJ, Bartender and Event Impresario If you had been in the metro area restaurant and bar scene in the late 70’s into the 80’s you would have no doubt had your favorite go-to establishment and a favorite bartender. Back in those days, bartenders were king. The places themselves were different. The […]

Charlotte Hall: Queen of the Potomac Rivah/Swamp Boogie Queen

Charlotte Hall Queen of the Potomac River This will be a fun article. I have known Charlotte for many years yet in many ways I hardly knew her. Over the years we have both been on different merchant group committees, however she carried it a bit further and was a member of just about every […]

Bill Ross – Boat Captain, Restaurateur, Friend

By Bob Tagert Bill Ross – Boat Captain, Restaurateur, Friend This will be fun. I have known Bill Ross since the mid 1980’s and we have spent many days on sailboats both large and small. He has been an integral part of the fabric of Alexandria in business, volunteering and charity work for the last […]

John Kenneth Zwerling

John Kenneth Zwerling        It is 1965; Ensign John Zwerling is on active duty with the Navy in Vietnam commanding his landing craft. Bullets are flying and explosions are ringing in your ears. Sweat, anticipation and fear gripped everyone. “Vietnam was like being in a movie,” Zwerling tells me. “You know, I always wanted […]

Rick Myllenbeck – Owner, Wine Boss & Mystery Man

By Bob Tagert   Rick Myllenbeck – Owner, Wine Boss & Mystery Man   Rick Myllenbeck, owner of Sonoma Cellars in Old Town is truly a guy on the move. An adventure seeker with a flair for technology, Myllenbeck has found a way to combine the two throughout his life. Growing up in Silicon Valley […]

By Bob Tagert Dr. Susanne Mackie Lee One thing about living in the Washington D.C. metro area, you meet a lot of people from various backgrounds, and some of these people are not what they appear to be. Such is the case of Susanne Mackie Lee. I first met Susanne along with her husband, Sang […]

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Xun Nian “Sidney” Zhang: Combining Chinese Culture and Western Art

By Bob Tagert Local Springfield resident Xun Nian “Sidney” Zhang came to our attention in a very round-about way. A former “Personality Profile” subject, Jamey Turner, called the office and said he had someone he thought would be a good profile. Many of you have watched/heard Jamey perform down near the Torpedo Factory with his […]

Ashley Whisonant- Firefighter and Football Diva

Although the Washington D.C. area has been let down by its’ underachieving Washington Redskins over the last few decades, there is another burgundy and gold football team that is running away with their division…the D.C. Divas. In 2000 the D.C. Divas, a women’s tackle football team, was born. Today, the Divas are one of the […]