In 1970, Burns quit his Dunbar job, and the next year he ran successfully for the city council. When the council president was forced out by scandal in 1982, Burns succeeded him. And when Baltimore's mayor, William Donald Schaefer, was elected governor last November, Burns moved up to mayor.
"I'll tell you something, he was respected," remembers police sergeant Everett Fullwood, a three-sport athlete at Dunbar from 1959 to '62 and now Burns's bodyguard. "He was the guy everybody went to if they had a problem."
Burns will serve out the last 11 months of Schaefer's term and plans to stand for election. At his inauguration last month. Burns quoted Martin Luther King Jr.: "Judge not a man for the heights he has attained but the depths from which he has come." He also said, "There are those who hold the opinion that my beginnings are too humble to be mayor. There are those who believe that my academic credentials are inadequate. There are those who believe that I am not eloquent enough to speak as mayor. But you know about my feelings? They are entitled to their opinion. This is America."
LUCK OF THE IRISH
Last Wednesday was the first day high school seniors could sign college-football letters of intent, and rabid recruiting watchers rushed to compile their Top 10 lists. USA Today said Notre Dame got the best freshman class, signing 11 of the country's top 100 players. The National High School Football Scouting Service in Houston, which rates 3,400 high school seniors, said Pitt and Texas A & M tied for first.
Joe Terranova, an executive at Ford, who has assayed each year's signings since 1971, offered this opinion: "[Notre Dame coach] Lou Holtz recruited a whole team—all the positions. He had 30 scholarships to give and he got 30 players. Holtz could have gotten 32 or 33. He actually had to turn kids away." The Irish signed two blue-chip running backs, Tony Brooks of Tulsa and Ricky Watters of Harrisburg, Pa., plus the country's most highly regarded tight end, Frank Jacobs of Newport, Ky.
Following Notre Dame in Terranova's Top 10 are Texas A & M, Florida, Clemson, UCLA, Nebraska, Pitt, Oklahoma, Miami and Michigan.
Auburn coach Pat Dye's controversial decision to play All-America tailback Brent Fullwood in the Citrus Bowl even though Fullwood hadn't attended class in more than two months (SCORECARD, Jan. 5 et seq.) may have cost him the most sought-after player in the country. Emmitt Smith, who set the national schoolboy record for career touchdowns (109) while leading Escambia ( Fla.) High to two straight state championships, announced that he would attend Florida. Smith, who has a 2.9 grade-point average, was also considering Auburn and Nebraska, but his mother, concerned that her son get the best possible education, reportedly cited Dye's handling of the Fullwood matter in arguing against Auburn.
THE CANINE CROWD PUTS ON THE DOG
The field at last week's westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden was a strong one. Sixty percent of the 2,674 entrants had already won titles. Three of seven 1986 group winners returned, and all three—a German shepherd named Tucker Hill's Manhattan, a bichon frise named Puff and Stuff, and a boxer named Turo's Cachet—made it to the final round. To no one's surprise. Tucker Hill's Manhattan, the second winningest pooch in U.S. dog show history, won his first Westminster and his 199th Best of Show award.