Ryan Sullivan built a model of Memorial StadiumWhen Ryan...


March 08, 1992|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Staff Writer

Ryan Sullivan built a model of Memorial Stadium

When Ryan Sullivan discovered that the Baseball Hall of Fame lacked a model of Memorial Stadium, the young Orioles fan came up with a clever solution: He made one himself.

Nine months and $50 later, he completed the project -- a feat that has landed him in this month's Sports Illustrated for Kids.

"I was really excited. It's neat," Ryan, 12, says of the splashy

two-page spread devoted to his story.

His stadium -- made from match sticks, wire and a plastic grocery bag, among other things -- was unveiled during Jim Palmer's induction into the Hall of Fame in 1990. It now rests in the basement of his Columbia home, and Ryan is setting his sights on Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the construction of which he's watched and photographed.

But despite the thrill of seeing his name in print, Ryan's experience has not turned him into a budding journalist.

"I was really surprised by how much [the editors] changed my story. They basically cut the article in half," he says.

Instead, making models has give him a direction in life. "I want to be an architect someday," he says.

When Lillian Jackson started her own bus company, competitors looked at her and laughed. "Baby," said one, "I give you six months to a year."

Now Ms. Jackson is the one laughing. Her 17-year-old company, Eatman's Bus Co., employs 42 people and has a fleet of passenger coaches, school buses and vans.

"You have to be tough in this business. If you're weak, you'll fall," says Ms. Jackson, a 58-year-old great-grandmother who lives in the Penn-North community.

A former taxicab driver, she credits her brother-in-law, who owned dump trucks, with getting her interested in the business. Her work revolves around transporting handicapped children for the city Department of Education, she says.

When she's not on the road, she's often volunteering her services to senior centers, churches and student groups. She's also chairwoman of the board of the Penn-North Community Association.

But despite being president and owner of a prospering company, Ms. Jackson (whose previous surname was Eatman) still considers driving buses and fixing flat tires part of her day's work.

"I love it," she says. "Sometimes in the evening I don't want to go home."

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