There will be two investigations. One from 6 to 9 and the other from 9 to 12. Please, make sure you don't sign up for both or I will have to remove you from one. You must be an investigator and have your dues paid up to date to go on any investigations.
Henry Louis Mencken [masked]) was born into a German-American family in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the eldest son of August Mencken, a successful businessman who owned a tobacco business, and in whose footsteps the young boy was expected to follow. When he was not roaming the alleys and vacant lots of West Baltimore, he spent most of his time reading. When he was 8 years old he discovered Mark Twain that would have a profound influence on his life. About the same time his father bought him a small printing press, which helped form his interest in printing and newspapers. He attended the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, where was valedictorian of the class of 1896. When he graduated, he wanted to become a newspaper reporter, but his father insisted that he go to college or work at the cigar factory, so Mencken chose the factory. When his father died of a stroke two years later, the 18-year old Mencken haunted the Baltimore Morning Herald city room every day until the editor gave him a job. He was the youngest reporter on the paper. Looking back on those days at the turn of the century, he later wrote: “I believe that a young journalist, turned loose in large city, had more fun than any other man.”
His ascent was extraordinary. In less than two years he became the paper’s drama critic; in three years he was its city editor, and the year after that became its managing editor. After the Herald closed down, Mencken joined the Baltimore Sunpapers. By 1910, he was publishing a regular column., The Free Lance, in which he took on everything and everyone. Mencken left the Sunpapers when the United States entered World War I and would not return until 1920. He remained with the Sunpapers, on and off, until a dehabilitating stroke in 1948 left him unable to read or write. His elebrated Monday column far theEvening Sun covered subjects as varied as politics, the literary scene and music, but it was to Baltimore that he gave his major attention. Anyone who reads his work will get an idea as why Mencken is better identified in the public mind with his native city than any other writer of the 20th Century.