I just saw a news item from the Baltimore Sun about Howard “Chip” Silverman, one of the original “Diner Guys,” who died Thursday. He was 65. Silverman’s exploits growing up in Forest Park (a section of Baltimore) during the 1950s and 1960s were later immortalized in the 1982 movie, Diner, which was written and directed by his childhood friend Barry Levinson. Mr. Silverman, who later became director of the state Drug Abuse Administration, died of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. Mr. Silverman had been a Cross Keys resident since 2003.
Mr. Silverman, who also had been a part-time journalist and TV producer, wrote Diner Guys and was co-author, with Dr. Miles Harrison Jr., of Ten Bears. Ten Bears told the story of the fabled Morgan State lacrosse team, coached by Mr. Silverman, that upset Washington and Lee — then the nation’s top-ranked team — 8-7 in 1975.
I never met Mr. Silverman but we did have something in common, we both appeared on a November 1989, segment of CBS’s Sunday Morning (with Charles Kuralt) about the “Diner” phenomonon. Also appearing were Dick Gutman (American Diner Then & Now) and Don Levy of the Deluxe Town Diner of Watertown, Mass.
(at that time he was running the Blue Diner in Boston).
Here is a link to the article about Chip’s death… http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bal-silverobit0307,0,7809346.story