Richard Friend is a graphic designer and the creator of Lost Laurel, curating both the website and Facebook page that has over 6,600 followers. He also published a book of the same name, which earned a 2015 St. George’s Day Award—given annually by the Prince George’s County Historical Society to honor living individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation of the County’s heritage. Rich served on the Laurel Historical Society Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and donated design work for five consecutive annual exhibits and other programs at the Laurel Museum. He also produced a Lost Laurel video series for Laurel TV, covering a number of themes. In 2019, he designed and published Postmark Laurel—a 280-page collection of historic picture postcards ranging from the early 1900s to the 1990s.
Shared here is a collection of articles he's written for both laurelhistory.com and Voices of Laurel.
In 2016, we were touched by the tragic loss of one of our favorite people—Tastee Diner waitress Windy Floyd.
The Unluckiest Street Corner
Main Street has a few recurring themes of tragedy from block to block—namely fires and suicides through the years—but nothing comes close to the bizarre history of the corner of Sixth & Main.