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Roses, Cognac at Poe Grave

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For decades, three roses and a bottle of cognac mysteriously appeared once a year at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. Now Sam Porpora, 92, a former ad executive, claims it was all a promotional idea aimed at preserving the Baltimore churchyard where Poe is buried.

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For decades, three roses and a bottle of cognac mysteriously appeared once a year at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. Now a 92-year-old man claims it was all a promotional stunt aimed at preserving the Baltimore churchyard where Poe is buried. Sam Porpora, a former advertising executive, says either he or one of his tour guides would drop off the gifts every year on Poe's birthday. Poe's fans say only this and nothing more.

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