In the 1970s, John Apostol faced issues that still confront Annapolis mayors

A nifty remark attributed to Mark Twain — there’s no evidence he actually said it — is “History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” For instance: As their new mayor, Annapolis voters pick a pleasant younger professional who hasn’t held elective office before. He’s a Republican from a Greek-American immigrant family associated with a popular city restaurant. He attributes his win to advocacy for limited growth. While in office he wrestles with that issue, as well as historic preservation and major budget difficulties. You might think we’re talking about a recent former mayor. But it’s a description of John Apostol, who died last week at his family’s home in Georgia at age 79. (Capital)

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