Schaefer, as others see him.

January 15, 1995

"His success as mayor depended on exploiting a siege mentality -- the notion that the whole world's against Baltimore but we can stand together and beat these shlunks. But Maryland's not under siege. It's a prosperous place. History's on its side more or less. ... He was a great leader. Baltimore wanted one. Maryland didn't."

Charles B. Duff Jr., The head of a community nonprofit group and a student

"This is what he would always say: 'You do your job and you do whatever you want to do -- so long as it's good for the city, honest, doesn't cost much and is good for me.' And I'd say, 'And not necessarily in that order.' And he'd say, 'That's right.' "

0 Joan Bereska, former Schaefer chief of staff

"He was like the wizard, the great Wizard of Oz, the man behind the drapes. Certainly a lot of it was for real but a lot of it was smoke and mirrors. And it worked.

A5 George W. Della Jr., state senator from Baltimore

"I'm sure there are people down here who like him, but I don't know any of them."

Diane Frampton, an Easton resident who protested after the governor compared the Eastern Shore to an outhouse.

"He would say, 'My least favorite word in the English language is status quo.' Well, of course, it's two words, and I don't think either of them is English, exactly. But he was right. How many times have you heard, 'Because that's the way we always do things?' "

6* Page Boinest, a former press secretary

"I don't think he's been a particularly good governor. [Building projects] are things he likes, because they bring immortality, he thinks. ... I thought of something the other day that I agreed with. I can't think of what it was."

+ former Gov. Harry R. Hughes

"We'd tour Greenmount or Barclay and walk through some houses. He'd just look at me and say, 'Would you or your family want to live here? Get off your fat rear end and do something about it.' He'd call you up at 8 o'clock in the morning and give you an assignment and call you back at 10:30 and ask if it was done yet. And you thought it was a six-month assignment."

OC J. Randall Evans, former city staffer and state Cabinet member.

"He set himself up to be so available, so touchable, so uniquely involved, it's almost a curse."

F: Elaine "Lainy" LeBow-Sachs, his appointments secretary

"He was slim. He had this wavy blond hair. He had blue eyes. He was an Adonis."

G; Retired Judge Mary Arabian, on Schaefer as a young man.

"He views himself that he is working selflessly for the public and takes nothing for himself and makes every decision as to what is the best interest of his constituents. He is saddened and upset when people don't see it that way."

A5 Robert C. Embry Jr., head of the Abell Foundation

"If Don sensed a weakness, then he would beat the guy to death."

C7 John A. Donaho, former state insurance commissioner

"He's one of the world's best thespians. He could turn it on and turn it off. And you could never tell when it's real. He could turn a switch and turn it on. I'm not sure he could tell himself, after a while."

I= J. Randall Mr. Evans, the economic development secretary.

"This car came down this alley ... This guy gets out ... and I recognize the mayor. He came up to me and he said he heard there was a problem with rats in the alley and he came to see for himself. He had a pad and a pen. He took some notes. I was just overwhelmed with the fact that somebody at that level of government would care enough to get down to the nitty-gritty."

6* Chickie Grayson, longtime city dweller

"With Harry Hughes, we really did have a partnership in government. With Schaefer, it was a limited partnership. He was the general partner ... and we were the silent partners."

, former Sen. Laurence Levitan

"People forget. There was not just a malaise in Baltimore. There was almost a total disassociation with the city on the part of all economic groups. What the mayor did was reconnect people with the city. He made downtown everybody's second neighborhood. He understood that the psychological renaissance was more important than the physical renaissance."

Sandra Hillman, who headed Baltimore tourism and promotion

"I caught it from him many times, when I needed it. We'd say, 'All right, Governor. Don't get a heart attack over this.' He's volatile, but he's such a good person."

;/ J. Henry Butta, retired C&P Telephone chief

"He told me many times he didn't want to be governor. But he couldn't find anybody else who he thought was capable of being governor. So he became the only candidate acceptable to himself."

0$ Baltimore Del. Timothy D. Murphy

"What was it about Schaefer that makes him so compelling a figure? He is one of those rare political people who gets the public involved in what's happening. He can energize you to go out and fight him. He can energize you to go out and support him. He can't make you go to sleep."

Wally Orlinsky, former president of the City Council

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