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Neil Grauer, a veteran writer and cartoonist who created Johns Hopkins' blue jay

Neil Grauer, a veteran writer and cartoonist who created Johns Hopkins' blue jay

It’s hard to miss Neil Grauer at a cocktail party; he’s the guy with the crowd of people around him. His dapper suits, signature bow ties, and vintage eyeglasses draw them; his encyclopedic knowledge of Baltimore keeps them there. He is a man of so many interests and accomplishments he seems out of place in this century, but you forget all that as he tells a story. And along the way, the cocktails taste so much better for it. 

A self-taught cartoonist and a voracious letter writer from a young age, Grauer used both talents to meet his idols and maintain lifelong relationships. He would draw caricatures of famous people and send them off in the mail,...

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