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The Baltimore Sun has been part of my family since my earliest memories.

We eagerly awaited the paper's arrival on our doorstep -- The Sun in the morning and The Evening Sun in the afternoon. Growing up in the mayor's house, we would get the early "bulldog," then later editions; it was part of our routine. Getting the papers throughout the day gave my brothers and me an early experience in 24/7 news -- locally, nationally and globally.

The news was certainly of interest, but I fondly remember also reading reports of ships coming into the port of Baltimore, the times of sunrise and sunset, the phases of the moon and, of course, the comics.

In those days, The Sun was our source to the world of sports. When my father, Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., was mayor, the Colts came to town, and later the Orioles joined them. With Baltimore becoming a major league city, The Sun provided major league sports coverage, making Johnny Unitas and Frank Robinson household names and true legends.

It's quaint today to remember that we would read The Evening Sun for the day's news from the stock market. We liked to follow whether the market was up or down after the closing bell.

The Baltimore Sun was a lifeline for me to news, sports, the world of business and, most enjoyably, the arts. Reading about Baltimore's museums, theaters and the Lyric Opera made us proud.

My mother always told us that there was nothing new under the sun. But for us, everything new was under The Sun's masthead.

Nancy Pelosi is the minority leader in the U.S. House; from 2007-2011, she served as speaker of the House, the first woman to do so. She was born and raised in Baltimore, where both her father and her brother served as mayor.

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