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November 12, 2009

Who is Chip Weinman? Funny you should ask ...

chip weinmanI don't know if you've seen them or not, but there are something like 20 billboards in an around Baltimore, all bearing the cryptic question "Who is Chip Weinman?"

Turns out, Chip Weinman is a dude with a pretty interesting story.

He's a 62-year-old aspiring pop crooner who has never released an album or played a gig. Saturday is his debut, and what a debut it is: He is headlining the Hippodrome Theatre, backed by a 47-piece orchestra, six backup singers and special guest Sheena Easton. The show is being taped for a PBS special.

Here's a link to the piece I did about Weinman, which ran in today's paper ...

I talked to Weinman, who recently had his thyroid removed (which meant he couldn't sing for months) and lost about 100 pounds. It's one of the more bizarre and interesting pieces I've done in a while.

Weinman seems determined to get his shot, but when I interviewed him, he didn't come off as conceited or overbearing.

"Who does this and gets away with this?" he said. "If I can pull this off, it will be pretty interesting. ... I hope they'll like me, because I can't be anybody but who I am."

(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:29 PM | | Comments (3)
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I don't care who he is - he's no Chris Sligh!

These remind me a lot of the "I Hate Steven Singer" billboards which popped up all over Philly. They are put up by a local jeweler looking to attract publicity.... and they work.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3147/2930781779_5237169168.jpg

Yeah me to never heard his name before.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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