August 19, 1994
Mike Royko is on vacation. In the meantime, we are reprinting some of his favorite columns. This column was first published Sept. 20, 1966.My favorite modern folk hero is the fan who runs on the field during the big game. He is even more wonderful than the dog that runs on the field during the big game.Sometimes he just lopes around the bases, sliding into home plate. Sometimes he tries to hug Mickey Mantle. Sometimes he tries to punch a referee.The cops always drag him away and the TV announcer makes some smart crack like: "Well, that's the end of his game, ha ha."
June 15, 2004
On June 14, 2004, EDWARD LEROY GUESS; beloved husband of the late Mary Jane (nee Bantz); devoted father of Mary Jane Dietrich, Deborah Haubner, Eileen Reilly and Neil Guess; loving grandfather of Timothy, Shawn, Kerri, Ryan, Jennifer, Kimberly, Matthew, Christine, Lauren and Kerri Ann; great-grandfather of Maggie, Jane, Alexander and Brennan; dear brother of Robert Guess, Jeanette Coop and Dorothy Minor. Friends may call at the family owned Leonard J. Ruck, Inc. Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road (at Echodale)
April 22, 1993
The fatal shooting by a police officer of 14-year-old Simmont Donta Thomas is a tragedy.It is a tragedy for his family.It is a tragedy for Officer Edward T. Gorwell II, 24, a two-year member of the Baltimore police force, who fired the shot into the teen-ager's back as the youth fled from a stolen car early last Saturday in Gwynns Falls Park.And it is tragic for a city that would just like to close its eyes and then open them to find the ills of homicide and drugs and wasted youth gone. Lamentably, no one has come up with any more tangible antidote that can work fast enough.
December 21, 1990
Unlike most movies that insist on being cute, cloying or campy when they try out the fantasy-with-meaning genre, NBC's "Guess Who's Coming for Christmas?" does it right.The only way to make a movie like this work, as films from "It's a Wonderful Life" to "E.T." to "Field of Dreams" have proven, is to play it straight. Led by the superb work of Richard Mulligan in the lead, this cast and crew keep the proper tone from beginning to end.Unfortunately, in between beginning and end are some rather thin moments because this undeniably charming movie doesn't have quite enough story to sustain its two-hour length.
March 13, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Don O'Briant, 62, was confronted Friday by a gunman believed to be Brian Nichols who stole his car, tried to abduct him and pistol-whipped him. Here is O'Briant's account of his encounter: It's funny how your mind goes through all these scenarios. How am I going to get out of this? Do I run now? Do I talk to him? Is he gonna shoot me and leave me lying here? When it was going on, I thought I was just involved in a routine carjacking. I had no idea he'd just killed people.
November 16, 1990
The votes are in. The "First, Non-Annual (Hopefully!) -- Guess the Next USF&G CEO Contest" is over. The winner?Well, no one knows for now. No one, that is, except the directors of USF&G Corp. and the next chairman and chief executive of the large Baltimore-based insurance company.Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. analyst G. Alan Zimmermann in New York began the "Guess the Next USF&G CEO Contest." The prize for naming longtime leader Jack Moseley's successor is a dinner for two or "any other form of evening entertainment you can sell us on."