Let me start this by saying that this is just a fun post. You’re entitled to like any team that you want and we don’t have to share the same views.
Today is a pretty big day for football fans in our area. The local football team, the Washington Redskins, are playing their biggest rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. With so many Cowboys fans in the area, it prompted me to write about locally grown fans of other teams.
Here are my personal thoughts/rules:
- MoCo is a D.C. suburb, so D.C. sports teams are considered the home team.
- I don’t consider Baltimore a home team just like folks in Miami don’t consider Tampa Bay or Jacksonville a home team.
- I’m an Orioles fan because the Nats didn’t exist when I was growing up and, to me, switching favorite teams is a big no-no (I’ll mention the exception to the rule later).
- I don’t mind the Nats and I would be happy if they were to ever win it all, unless it was against the O’s. That doesn’t mean I have two favorite teams, because that’s also against my rules.
- Though I am an Orioles fan and I’m ok with the Nats, I’m a Redskins fan and I despise the Ravens. I didn’t mind them in their first few years of existence. I remember buying Eric Zeier and Rod Woodson jerseys on sale for $9.99 a piece from Sports Authority priced so low because of how bad the Ravens were. What soured me on the Ravens was the way people embraced them as a home team AFTER their Super Bowl win. Bandwagon = Not for me.
- Here’s the exception to my switching teams rule:
I was a fan of the Georgetown Hoyas (NCAABB) and Miami Hurricane (NCAAFB) growing up. Primarily because they were both pretty good teams and it was cool to like them (I also consider Georgetown a local team). I switched over to Maryland for both sports because I attended the University of Maryland.
- I consider liking the home team’s biggest rival the equivalent to something like being a student at Quince Orchard High School and walking around school with a Northwest t-shirt on (currently the biggest rivalry in MoCo sports). To me it seems attention seeking and the reasons behind it are usually bandwagon based, though most think up some pretty clever reasons as to why they like those teams from random cities.
- You have to stick with your team through thick and thin. In my eyes there’s nothing that should make you abandon your team, including; disliking ownership, poor front office, lack of success, etc.
- I get that sometimes we have roots that go beyond where we were born and raised, but is EVERYONE really from Pittsburgh or Boston?! I say that in jest, but if the Penguins, Steelers, Patriots, etc. weren’t as good as they’ve been, would they be a little quicker to drop grandpa’s favorite team?
Ultimately, you can like any team for any reason. I just look at it as the team representing the area and I’m proud of the area I’m from.
What are your thoughts/rules when it comes to being a fan of the home team?
A line at a Halal Guys food cart in NYC in 2007, courtesy of Wikipedia
As you may have heard a few months back, the fast casual restaurant that started as a food cart in Manhattan is finally making its way to MoCo!
Initially founded as a hotdog cart in 1990, The Halal Guys made the switch to chicken, gyro meat, and pita two years later. The first brick and mortar restaurant opened in New York in 2015 and the company hasn’t looked back since opening over 20 stores worldwide, as nearby as Virginia and as far as the Philippines.
The Rockville store was originally supposed to open in Wintergreen Plaza this month (www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/The-Halal-Guys-To-Open-in-Rockville/), but the store has not opened yet.
After getting our Instagram account going last night (@TheMoCoShow), we were followed by a Bethesda location that’s apparently coming to 4915 Elm Street in 2018.
I’ll gladly take two, and maybe throw one in Crown and DTSS?
When I chose Downtown Silver Spring as the next place to tour for The MoCoShow I knew I had to ask Dan Reed, of Just Up The Pike (www.justupthepike.com), to show me around. He didn’t disappoint!
My tour started with a tasting at Moorenko’s, a place that I believe has the BEST ice cream in MoCo. I tried all 30 flavors they had on hand and in a couple weeks I’m going to give you an in-depth look at what Moorenko’s has to offer.
After meeting up with Dan, the first thing he took me to see was Acorn Park. It’s historically significant because it is thought to be the home of the mika-flecked spring that led Francis P. Blair to name his estate “Silver Spring.” The acorn shaped gazebo was built in 1842 by Benjamin C. King. Samuel Phillips Lee built the grotto at the site of the Spring, which is still there (the grotto), in 1894.
Acorn Park 100 years ago, in 1917. Courtesy of Wikipedia.
As we walked past NaiNai’s, a place I visited a couple day prior to this tour, we saw the old Canada Dry bottling plant. The plant was restored and added to Montgomery County’s Index of Historic Sites. There’s just something cool about the big Canada Dry towards the top of the building.
I visited NaiNai’s a few days before my tour because I saw an article that stated NaiNai’s had the second best baos in the DMV. I went and I wasn’t disappointed. My favorite baos were the Thou Shalt Not Bao (pork belly) and the Ni Hao Bao (braised duck).
As we continued to walk, we passed Denizen’s. Denizen’s is a local brewery that I also visited a few days before this tour. When I went, it was a warm day and I got to enjoy two very different beers on their patio. The Gruit and the Big Red Norm. It was a good time and a fun place to hang out for a bit.
”Mayor” Norman Lane was our next stop. Here’s who he is, courtesy of www.SilverSpringDowntown.com:
The unofficial "Mayor" of Silver Spring was a homeless man who collected hand-outs of money and food. Norman Lane walked the streets of Silver Spring for almost 25 years, doing odd jobs around the neighborhoods and handing out flowers to women on the street picked out of the Bell Flowers dumpster. Norman Lane was a mainstay in the community, and his enjoyment of life has been immortalized in a bronze bust created by artist and friend, Fred Folsom. The plaque beneath Norman Lane's likeness reads, "Remembering the Caring Kindhearted Forbearance of the People of Silver Spring." This is a tribute, not only to this local legend, but to the citizens of Silver Spring like Robert Phillips, owner of the Silver Spring Auto Body Shop, who kept a cot and a hot plate in the garage as a permanent home for Lane.”
Dan’s plan was to try some sambusas at one of the many (and I do mean many) Ethiopian restaurants in DTSS, but the place we chose didn’t have any! We kept it moving and went straight to Urban Butcher. This is always one of the most recommended restaurants when dining in DTSS comes up. They let me into their meat locker prior to eating and I was able to take a 360 video of the options (available on our Twitter account @TheMoCoShow). I had the meatball appetizer and it was really good. Their lavender margaritas were awesome, and they even have a MoCo Mule on the menu. I have to come back for a full dinner.
We walked past the new Silver Spring library. It’s a really cool looking building and the big opening at the base will allow for the Purple Line to run right through it!
I caught a lot of flack for this on Twitter, but a lot seemed to love it. I referred to the Ellsworth Place part of DTSS as the “Times Square of MoCo.” In terms of lights, it’s the closest thing we’ve got. It gives Silver Spring a big city feel. I was also able to get some of the skyline from the top floor of a nearby garage. When we reached the top there were four security guards that approached us and told us we needed to leave the garage since we don’t have a car parked. I got a quick picture and headed out 🤷🏻♂️
Let me throw in a rumor while I have your attention. I’ve been told that the corner of Wayne and Fenton might soon become the home of a brand new Ted’s Bulletin. Take that with a grain of salt though. Here’s where it would be if it came.
As we headed towards our next spot for food and drink, we walked past two pretty important DTSS locations; The Fillmore and Silver Theater. The Fillmore is one of the most popular music venues in the area and offers big name artists and national acts. Third Eye Blind will actually be there tonight...they’re a personal favorite. AFI Silver Theater has been around for nearly 80 years. A restoration project allowed it to re-open in 2003.
It was once again time to fill up our bellies. The next stop was La Malinche, a Spanish and Mexican tapas spot. Though I didn’t expect it, I think I may have liked this food the most. The papas rellenas and croqueta de pollo are pictured and both taste phenomenal.
DTSS is Home to 4 record shops. I’m not sure there are even 4 record shops in the rest of MoCo combined. We stopped in The Record Exchange. The employees were really cool and it was a fun place to look around.
Arepas Pues was described to me as a hidden gem. This was my first time having arepas and I really enjoyed them. I was pretty full so I was barely even able to finish one. Very filling and not expensive at all...tasty too!
The last stop of the evening was Lina’s Diner & Bar. Located where Piratz Tavern used to be (and where Quarry House moves to temporarily), this French spot has a great vibe. I loved everything about the patio in the back and they pork belly poutine was legit.
That concluded my tour of DTSS. I’d like to thank Just Up The Pike’s Dan Reed for showing me around and I know I wasn’t able to see everything, but I was glad I got to see what I did. Until next time, DTSS!
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After school last week I noticed my students using an app that I was not familiar with so I asked them what it was. They told me it was called MyMCPS+ (Download here: itunes.apple.com/us/app/mymcps/id1291038640?mt=8) and that they were using it to see what grade they would need on an upcoming test in order to move up a letter grade or maintain the one they had. Then they showed me how it worked and I was amazed at how simple and easy to use it was.
I reached out to the developer, Solomon Sapiro, and found out that he was a recent graduate of Wootton High School (class of 2017). I ended up meeting with Solomon in College Park, where he attends the University of Maryland, and he told me a little more about the app and himself.
MCPS has moved away from EdLine, which was used by students and parents/guardians to monitor grades. A program called MyMCPS is now used by the county and the website allows students to view their grades. MyMCPS+ (Solomon's creation) is a grade manager app that allows students and parents to view current grades and see how specific grades on upcoming assignment can affect the overall grade. It uses a color coded system that clearly identifies each different type of grade and is simple enough for anyone from an elementary school student to a grandparent (and everyone in between) to use. Solomon told me that student usernames and passwords are secure and not even he has access to them. The app has over 4,000 downloads in just over two weeks. Oh, and most importantly...it's FREE.
Solomon was born and raised in Montgomery County. He's now a freshman at the University of Maryland, where he majors in computer science. He swims, plays tennis, and even has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He created his first iOS app: Classic BrickBreaker, a remake of the popular Blackberry game, when he was just 16 years old...he has been coding since he was 12! He came up with the idea for the app when his sister wanted an easier way to manage her grades and didn't want to have to do the math on what future grades were needed to maintain her GPA. His friend and classmate at Wootton, Matthew Bottiglieri, designed the logo for the MyMCPS+ app.
Though the app runs smoothly and looks great, Solomon is always looking for ways to upgrade his app in order for it to be as useful as possible. In the near future, he plans to develop an app for popular local winter weather website, MoCoSnow.
Solomon and the App are not affiliated with MCPS
Download the app here: itunes.apple.com/us/app/mymcps/id1291038640?mt=8
Montgomery County has been home to many celebrities throughout the years, but I wanted to highlight the most famous person to come from each one of our current, local public high schools. This isn't about being successful in business or helping out communities...just simply about fame in terms of pop-culture today.
The list is definitely subjective, so I know everyone will not agree with a few of these people being the most famous. It's also not a list of every famous person to come from each high school (or MoCo), so there will likely be some very well-known celebrities missing from this list.
With all of that in mind, here we go!
It was tough coming to my final decision, but Daniel Stern is the one celebrity from B-CC I think is most recognizable. He starred as Marv in the first two Home Alone movies and was even the narrator of the hit television series The Wonder Years. Though he ended up dropping out before graduating, Mr. Stern has made a pretty solid career for himself out in Hollywood.
Photo courtesy of www.instyle.com
Can you believe Goldie Hawn will be turning 72 this November? Blair is another school that made it difficult to choose just one, but the Academy Award winning actress takes the cake. She made her return to the big screen earlier this year, starring in the comedy Snatched with Amy Schumer.
Note: Sylvester Stallone would get this spot, but based on what I have been told he only had a cup of coffee with Blair High School.
Photo courtesy of www.danpatrick.com
Robert Klemko is a writer for Sports Illustrated's The MMQB. He has previously worked for USA Today and is often featured on many sports television and radio programs for his expertise on the NFL.
Photo courtesy of www.hollywood.com
Have you ever heard of Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, or Sex and the City? Darren Star created all three of them. Star has also worked on multiple other television series and movies.
Doug is a Whitman High School graduate that was born and raised in MoCo. His portable bars can be seen at tailgates throughout the DMV!
Photo courtesy of www.hudl.com
Ace Clark was a defensive back for the Western Carolina Catamounts after his time at Clarksburg. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. Currently he’s a coach at KOA, a local youth sports group based out of Bethesda.
2003 Damascus grad, Brian Stelter, is the host of Reliable Sources on CNN and is also the senior media correspondent. He has also worked for the New York Times.
Fun Fact: Stetler used to date CNBC anchor, Nicole Lapin.
Photo courtesy of www.youtube.com
Rebecca Sugar is best known as the creator of Steven Universe, a series on the Cartoon network. She simultaneously attended Blair High School and the Visual Arts Program at Einstein. Her work as a writer and storyboard artist on Adventure Time earned her a Primetime Emmy.
Photo courtesy of www.hollywoodlife.com
Popular rapper, Logic, released his first studio album in 2014, but it wasn't until earlier this year that he gained international fame with his hit single, "1-800-273-8255." The single was recently certified double platinum. Though he dropped out of school before graduating from Gaithersburg High School, Logic's ties to the area are still strong with a lot of his family still living in MoCo.
Sean Tucker is a Middle School teacher in North Bethesda (MoCo). He creates these signs in his free time and usually has them ready within 2 weeks of ordering!
Photo courtesy of www.hollywood.com
John Michael Higgins currently stars in the NBC series, Great News. In the past he's starred in movies like Pitch Perfect (1 and 2), Bad Teacher, Evan Almighty, and more. He's also appeared in the T.V. shows, Miami Vice, Seinfeld, Glee, Community, and many others. Before that he spent much of the late 70s and early 80s at WJ.
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Curtis Pride is currently the head baseball coach at Gallaudet University, but before that he played for the Expos starting in 1993. Pride was the first deaf baseball player to play in the majors since Dick Sipek played in 1945. He and his wife Lisa are actively involved in the Together With Pride foundation, which aids hard-of-hearing children through a hearing aid bank.
Photo courtesy of www.zimbio.com
Dan Hellie is currently the co-anchor of NFL Total Access on the NFL network. Prior to that he was the sports anchor on NBC4, here in Washington D.C. He was a three sport athlete when he attended Magruder (basketball, baseball, and football), and even gave the commencement speech at Magruder in 2008. In 2012, he was inducted into the Magruder Athletic Hall of Fame.
Photo courtesy of www.thedailybeast.com
Tori Amos has 10 singles that have charted in the United States. She has been nominated for five VMA's and eight Grammy's. Though you wouldn't guess it from the picture, she graduated from Richard Montgomery in the early 80s.
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Mia Khalifa, “The D.C. Sports Girl,” has nearly 2 million followers on Twitter. She is the co-host of Complex magazine's YouTube show "Out of Bounds" along with former Washington Wizard Gilbert Arenas. Her YouTube channel curating D.C. sports, modeling shoots, and guest appearances allow her to earn a 7-figure salary.
Photo courtesy of www.hollywoodreporter.com
Jonathan Banks is best known for his role as Mike Ehrmantraut in the television series Breaking Bad and spin-off series Better Call Saul. He has also been in 48 Hrs., Airplane!, Beverly Hills Cop, and many more movies. He graduated from Northwood in 1966.
Photo courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com
3-time NFL Pro-Bowler, Darnell Dockett, was a standout since his time at Paint Branch. After overcoming some very difficult times as a youngster, Dockett was able to star at Florida State before being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2004. Darnell Dockett donated brand new jerseys to his old high school a few years back.
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Irvin Smith graduated from Poolesville in the mid-80s. He then played for the University of Maryland from '85-'88 before joining the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent. Smith also attended camp with the Vikings and Redskins in his NFL career. He spent a few seasons playing in the CFL and even played in the World League for a year. Today he is a firefighter for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue service.
Photo courtesy of www.billboard.com
Rapper, Wale, was born and raised in Washington D.C. before moving to Montgomery County, MD. He attended Quince Orchard High School and The Mark Twain School, and graduated from Q.O. in 2002. He remains tied to the area with his appearances at many local sporting events (Redskins, Wizards, etc.).
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Andy Fiscella has had roles in xXx: State of the Union, Quarantine, Final Destination, Nightmare on Elm Street and many more popular movies. He has also been on Sex and the City, Law & Order, CSI: New York, etc. He attended Rockville High School in the early 80s.
Photo courtesy of www.hootie.com
Seneca Valley has the distinction of having two different people on this list, but only because they come from the same band. Mark Bryan (lead guitar) and Dean Felber (bass) are both founding members of Hootie and the Blowfish. Their debut album, Cracked Rear View, has been certified platinum 16 times and the band has sold over 21 million albums collectively in the United States alone.
Photo courtesy of www.ftw.usatoday.com
Scott Van Pelt has been the host of several sports shows and is now the solo anchor of the midnight edition of Sportscenter. He graduated from Sherwood High School in the mid 80s and attended the University of Maryland, where he studied radio/television and film. Just like me, Van Pelt is a fan of the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, and Baltimore Orioles.
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Michael Ealy currently tops the list for Springbrook, another school with many celebrities to choose from. He grew up in Silver Spring. Ealy is currently starring in Being Mary Jane, opposite Gabrielle Union, but has also starred in movies like Barbershop, Think Like a Man, The Perfect Man, Last Vegas, and 2 Fast 2 Furious.
Photo courtesy of ebrianschneider.com
Paul Rabil is a major league lacrosse player that many call the face of the sport. Though Rabil only went to Watkins Mill for a year before transferring to DeMatha, he was able to make the Varsity team and find a lot of success playing Lacrosse. He credits his success at Watkins Mill for helping him fall in love with the game. It was really close between Rabil and that handsome www.mocosnow.com guy!
Photo courtesy of www.wikipedia.com
Joan Jett, the woman many refer to as the Queen of Rock & Roll, attended Wheaton High School. The “I Love Rock & Roll” singer is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists.
Photo courtesy of www.zimbio.com
Whitman High School is certainly up there when it comes to success stories coming out of MoCo, but when it comes to pop culture, Giuliana Rancic tips the list. She has co-anchored E! News with Ryan Seacrest, she co-hosts Fashion Police, and she has even hosted the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants on NBC! In 2014, Rancic won a daytime Emmy for Fan Favorite.
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It was close between Thomas Jane and O.A.R., but i'm going with Jane. Thomas Jane has appeared in movies such as Boogie Nights and Deep Blue Sea. He also starred as The Punisher in the 2004 flim. More recently, he was the lead in the HBO series, Hung. He is also starring in the SyFy series, The Expanse. In 2018 he will appear in The Predator reboot.
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A couple weeks ago I decided that Damascus would be the next stop I’d highlight on The MoCoShow. It’s another one of those places in the county that I barely get to go to, so I wanted to spend a day experiencing some of the more popular spots in the town.
Before we get started, I’d like to state that there are many great spots I didn’t get a chance to go to and I’d love to get a chance to stop in the next time I’m there. Here are the places I was able to get to:
My first stop was Red Rooster. If you haven’t heard, Red Rooster is known for their fried chicken. I’ve also been told they have great bbq, but I didn’t get to try it this time around. Make sure you order a cherry coke if you ever stop by. They add a cherry syrup that starts off a little overwhelming, but ends up mixing with the coke and crushed ice in a way that makes you slurp for any leftover flavor you can find at the bottom of the cup.
Stop #2 was The Hornets Nest Grille. This was the place that impressed me the most on my trip. Many people recommended the sushi nachos (top food picture). They were really good, but it was the Reuben egg rolls that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I tried them. I highly recommend grabbing food here if you’re ever in Damascus.
Since I was feeling pretty full, I was glad to see that Maggi’s sold pizza by the slice. I decided to stop in and have a slice of cheese pizza. Plenty of cheese and grease...just how I like it (I’m always baffled when people complain about pizza being greasy. If grease isn’t your thing, maybe pizza wasn’t the best choice 😂). The young lady at the front desk was taking orders over the phone, ringing customers up, and letting “dad” know what to make next. Cool to see a family operation. I spoke with “mom” and she told me that Maggi’s first location was in Wheaton Plaza from the early 70s to early 80s. I even took a photo of one of the vintage t-shirts from the original Wheaton location that they have hanging on their wall.
Even though my belly was full, I knew I had to leave room for Jimmie Cone. The hot caramel sundae is only available in the fall, so I had to try it. As always when it comes to Jimmie Cone, it was great. Make sure to stop by soon if you want some of their ice cream before 2018, because Jimmie Cone closes for the season the weekend of October 21.
Even though this was a Thursday, I was able to catch a Damascus varsity football game. On the way in I had a great view of the controversial water tower. For what it’s worth, I like the ‘D’ logo. No hornet, no big deal.
I stayed for most of the first half of the game against Poolesville. After getting a couple first downs on their opening drive, Poolesville was stifled the rest of the way as Damascus cruised to a shutout victory. The atmosphere was electric.
I finished off the evening at The Music Cafe. This place came highly recommended by a LOT of people, and it didn’t disappoint. I happened to stop by during open mic night, but these performers were anything but amateurs. Every act that signed up to perform was extremely talented and played a very wide variety of music. I even got a little hungry and ordered The Sinatra (if I remember correctly, it was ham, turkey, and bacon on a pretzel bun). Tasty sandwich. It was a great way to end my night.
Photos courtesy of Steve Michaels
We’ve all heard of Montgomery Mall, Wheaton Plaza, Lakeforest, and even White Flint, but there’s one mall that always seems to be forgotten in these discussions. It was a mall with all the potential in the world that fell flat on its face...Rockville Mall.
The high rise buildings and County offices that we currently see in Rockville didn’t exist before the 60s. It wasn’t until the city purchased 46 acres in the town center and demolished many of the existing buildings that Rockville started to take on the more modern look it has today. In 1972, about a decade after the Federal urban renewal program began, the city built a 500,000 square foot mall.
The mall had room for 55 stores, 2 of them being department stores. When the mall first opened, 40 of the 55 store fronts were occupied. The original plan was to open the mall with Sears and JC Penney as anchors, but ended up settling for Lansburgh’s, a D.C. based department store chain that didn’t even last a year before closing their store in the mall permanently. It was replaced by a branch of Philly based Lit Brothers department stores and later on a discount furniture store, but never had the anchor store the mall so desperately desired.
For the first 5 years of the mall’s existence, Wheaton Plaza and Montgomery Mall were the only mall competition. It wasn’t until 1977 that White Flint showed up a few miles down 355 and it wasn’t until 1978 that Lakeforest was built a few miles up 355. By that time the mall was renamed The Commons at the Courthouse and the mall started focusing on catering to nearby businesses and government employees. It didn’t work...as 3 year later, in 1981, it was down to just 20 of 55 occupied store fronts. The owners of the mall, Rockville Development Associates, went bankrupt and the mall closed less than 10 years after it first opened.
The mall was purchased and reopened in 1983 as Rockville Metro Center (the Rockville Metro station had recently opened on the opposite side of 355) by Eisenger-Kildane, a company based out of Gaithersburg. Unfortunately, even after $50 million was put into redevelopment, the mall never had more than 20 tenants again.
About a decade later then-Rockville mayor, Doug Duncan (who went on to become County Executive), launched a campaign against the mall citing that it was holding back development in downtown Rockville and limiting property tax intake for the city. The mall was torn down in 1995.
in 1998 Essex Capital Partners began developing “Rockville Center,” which included the renovation and expansion of Regal movie theaters. In 2004, Rockville Town Center came to life. The mixed use center included condos/apartments, the Rockville Library, parking garages, restaurants, and many retail shops. In July of 2007, Rockville Town Square officially opened and the area looks the way we know it today (Gordon Biersch, Buffalo Wild Wings, Mellow Mushroom, and more are there today).
Information for this article comes from: You Know You Grew Up in Montgomery County Facebook page, deadmalls.com, Wikipedia, and The Washington Post