Outraged by the Mike Donlan story -- good Samaritan beaten unconscious by thugs -- a well-known Baltimore businessman has set up an account to help Donlan pay medical bills and offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his assailants. The businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent a check to Metro Crime Stoppers (276-8888) yesterday.
"Here's a guy [Donlan] who tried to help somebody and he gets his head beat in," the donor said by phone from his Pikesville office. "They're all rats, the ones who beat him. But you flip rats some money and see how fast they come running."
Early one morning last month, Donlan, 31, saw a gang of thugs beating a young man near Russell Street in South Baltimore. Donlan stepped out of his truck and yelled at the gang; he was successful in stopping the beating. However, Donlan himself was punched and kicked in the head by at least three assailants, possibly more, and left unconscious. He was hospitalized for four days and underwent surgery to repair fractures to his skull. He has three metal plates in his head now. So swollen was Donlan's face after the beating that his own brother did not recognize him in the hospital emergency room.
Donlan was attacked on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 10, on the lot of the Exxon station at Russell and Bush streets, on the edge of Carroll Industrial Park. The beating occurred between 2 a.m. and 2: 30 a.m. Witnesses told a Southern District police officer that Donlan's attackers were three black males, in their late teens or early 20s. Two fled in one vehicle, one fled by himself in another. One car was a green Toyota Camry. The other vehicle was a burgundy truck.
No arrests have been made in the case.
The businessman putting up the reward money also established an account for contributions toward Donlan's medical expenses. The address for the Michael Donlan Good Samaritan Fund is: P.O. Box 20131498M, Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, Md. 21208.
The original story on the Donlan beating appeared in this space Nov. 22. For readers who might have missed it and have online computers, the column can be retrieved through the World Wide Web at http: //www.sunspot.net.
Life's rules in print
Paul Dickson, Maryland's most prolific author (this guy puts Stephens King and Hunter to shame), is out with a set of fun books listing the basic rules of life -- expressions coined and/or used by the world's wisenheimers. The first three volumes of "the official rules" (Walker Publishing, $12.95 each) cover work, home and politics and law. Dickson, who lives in Montgomery County and has written 40 books, collected these maxims and life-laws from people all over the country. They're from his private stock, and Dickson has some beauties.
From investor Warren Buffett: "If you've been in the game 30 minutes and you don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy."
From Charles Boyle, Annapolis: "The first pull on the cord will always send the drapes the wrong way."
From Larry Blattenberger, Martinsburg, Pa.: "Marriages are like union contracts in that six weeks after the fact, both parties feel that they could have done better if they had held out a little longer."
From sportscaster Jack Buck: "In a household with children, any deck of playing cards will have between 38 and 51 cards."
From Dickson himself: "The more trees a developer cuts down, the woodsier the name of the resulting housing development."
The call of the hungry
We got a kick out of this announcement from a list of programs at Bear Branch Nature Center, outside Westminster:
"Survival Skills. Dec. 26 and 27. Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Ages: 10-12. Fee: $20 members; $25 nonmembers. Learn tracking, wild edibles, shelter building and fire building to survive in the wild. This two-part class will teach students to survive off the land. Bring a bag lunch both days."
Just in case no one can find those wild edibles.
Road is half full
They're building that new traffic "roundabout" in the heart of Towson, and this -- from a joint statement circulated by the State Highway Administration, the Towson Business Association and the Baltimore County Executive -- must be the most optimistic thing we've ever heard: "Construction will not affect traffic, at any time, between November 27, 1996 and January 13, 1997." . . . By the way, I suggest the SHA arrange for infield seating in this new traffic oval.
When traffic starts pouring into the rotary next year, it could become the region's most exciting spectator sport.
Spelling it out
Wisdom acquired while waiting for the movie to begin at a Towson theater: Woman with adult children to another with younger kids: "You are only as happy as your most unhappy child." (We'll have to send that one to Paul Dickson.) . . . And attention marquee artists: It's Dalmatians, not Dalmations!
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Pub Date: 12/06/96