Ralph Crosby

A native Annapolitan, Mr. Crosby is founder and chairman of Crosby Marketing, a national advertising/public relations firm headquartered in Annapolis.

Mr. Crosby's book, “Memoirs of a Main Street Boy: Growing Up in America's Ancient City,” is available at local bookstores (Annapolis Bookstore, Back Creek Books and Old Fox Books) or online at Amazon.com.

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Christmas in Annapolis in the mid-20th century

Christmas in Annapolis in the mid-20th century

| December 14, 2017

With Christmas just around the corner, my memory immediately flashes back to Main Street. For, it was not only the center of my world as a youngster, from the mid-1930s to the early 1950s, Main Street, including the City Dock area, was the epicenter of Christmas in Annapolis. Everything about Christmas resided on Main Street. […]

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“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” An Annapolis Reflection, Part 10

“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” An Annapolis Reflection, Part 10

| November 20, 2017

As I have lectured and done readings from my book about growing up in Annapolis—“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy”—the question I’m always asked is, “How has Annapolis changed since you were a youngster?” As I write in the book, the Annapolis of my youth in the 1930s and 1940s changed dramatically in 1950. On […]

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“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” An Annapolis Reflection, Part 9

“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” An Annapolis Reflection, Part 9

| August 30, 2017

Main Street, where I grew up from the early 1930s to the mid-1950s, is not only the emotional and physical center of my recent book, “Memoirs of A Main Street Boy,” it is the beating heart of Annapolis now as it was in my youth and colonial days. Just a seven- to eight-minute stroll from […]

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“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” an Annapolis reflection, Part 8

“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” an Annapolis reflection, Part 8

| July 1, 2017

On a recent trip to the Maryland State House, my memory was jogged to my childhood by a painting in the room next to the Old Senate Chamber. The painting, by Charles Willson Peale, depicts George Washington in the aftermath of his victory over General Lord Charles Cornwallis at Yorktown, the victory that effectively ended […]

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“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” An Annapolis Reflection, Part 7

“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” An Annapolis Reflection, Part 7

| May 18, 2017

U.S. Naval Academy Commissioning Week is upon us again, May 19-26, 2017. It’s something Annapolitans enjoy for the festivities, such as the Blue Angels flyover, and something locals dislike, the increase in traffic. But as a youngster in Annapolis, “June week,” as it was called in my 1930’s to 1950’s youth, was an exciting time. […]

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“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” An Annapolis Reflection, Part 6

“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” An Annapolis Reflection, Part 6

| April 20, 2017

  In a recent discussion at the library about growing up in Annapolis, some old-timers bemoaned the fact that kids no longer could ride their bikes into the Naval Academy. I agreed, because in the late 1940s and early 1950s, I would ride my bike to the Academy to enjoy this vast playground of my […]

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“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy.” an Annapolis reflection, Part 5.

“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy.” an Annapolis reflection, Part 5.

| March 20, 2017

“Libraries Transform,” the theme of National Library Week, April 9-15, strikes a chord with me. The Annapolis public library of my youth certainly helped transform me. It will probably surprise some people to know where this library was located. It was just two blocks from our apartment on Main Street, on Church Circle, in a […]

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“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy.” an Annapolis reflection, Part 4.

“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy.” an Annapolis reflection, Part 4.

| March 2, 2017

Presidents’ Day, celebrated in February, generally was designed to honor the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, both of whom had a connection to Annapolis. Washington had a deep and meaningful relationship with our city, while Lincoln had only a single experience in Annapolis. Records show that Washington was in Annapolis as early as […]

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“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” an Annapolis reflection, Part 3

“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” an Annapolis reflection, Part 3

| February 3, 2017

The recent celebration of Martin Luther King Day brought to mind the uproar in Annapolis following his assassination and the impact it had on our area. As I explain in my recently published book, Memoirs of a Main Street Boy: Growing up in America’s Ancient City, at the time I was working as an editor […]

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“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” an Annapolis reflection, Part 2

“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” an Annapolis reflection, Part 2

| December 5, 2016

With the holidays upon us, I remember fondly my favorite Christmas as a youth living in our third-floor apartment on Main Street. As I recount in my book, Memoirs of a Main Street Boy, it was 1946; I was 13 and gathered with my mom and dad in our living room overlooking Main Street. I […]

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“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” an Annapolis reflection, Part 1

“Memoirs of a Main Street Boy” an Annapolis reflection, Part 1

| November 21, 2016

I’ve had my eye on Annapolis since I was born here in the old Emergency Hospital on Franklin Street on December 16, 1933. That’s why I appreciate Eye On Annapolis giving me the opportunity to write about “Growing Up in America’s Ancient City,” the subtitle of my new book, Memoirs of a Main Street Boy. […]

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