This is temporarily preempting the Cheese!Of!The!Day!, possibly for the rest of the night, since it's already after midnight here. But this story must be told. We will not be silenced.

Michael Rosenberg, columnist from the Detroit Free Press, related this story via cell phone just moments ago. Rosenberg, New York Times columnist Harvey Araton and our own Mike Wise were returning from a women's skeleton competition up in the mountains. At the Cesana Pariol parking lot, the two Mikes headed in one direction, toward one bus stop, while Harvey--whose housing is elsewhere--headed in the other direction. Rosenberg continues:

It was snowing quite a bit, kind of like at the end of "Spies Like us." The reason we're there in the first place is because my computer is absolutely fried, so Mike [Wise] finished his story and let me use his computer, an act of incredible kindness that almost cost him his life.

We actually had Harvey take a photo of us with my camera. It was snowing, it was pretty, and Me and Mike [Wise] were smiling for the camera. There's no question that would have been used in the obituary.

So the bus comes, Mike [Wise] and I get on, and then in a brief and rare moment of caring about another person I say, 'Let's make sure Harvey's going to be ok." So we get off the bus. Mike [Wise] leaves his computer on the bus, we say "one minute" to the bus driver and we walk over to Harvey. We're six feet from the bus.

I wasn't timing it, but approximately 3.7 seconds later the bus driver closes the door and starts pulling away. We wave to stop him, he keeps going. The bus will not stop. We stand in front of it, just like Tiananmen Square. We're pounding on the door, pounding on the window. The guy backs up and tries to find different ways to get out of the parking lot while avoiding us. We're in front of the bus again, and again he tries to find ways to avoid us. He backs up a third time, and Mike [Wise] slips and falls right in front of the bus, and the bus is still going. Thankfully, the bus has an unbelievable turning radius and it avoided Mike [Wise].

When we get back we're going to file a complaint. When they almost kill a comrade of mine in the line of duty, you have to stand up for yourself. He has blood all over his palm, blood all over his knee. My hand hurts from pounding as hard as I could on the window. Mike's going to have to go to first-aid.

Mike Wise got on the phone briefly, and sounded truly rattled.

"It was ugly," he said. "Tell everyone I'm not going out tonight."

CLARIFICATION: After some heated words with the bus driver and six volunteer/security folks, the two Mikes did indeed get on the bus carrying the crazed driver and Wise's computer. UPDATE: Wise just checked in again with a different colleague, and said the bus came within six inches of smashing into his head.

Send him your best wishes here or here.

By Dan Steinberg |  February 16, 2006; 5:57 PM ET
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Never mind, the Alpini will execute the crazy driver. I only have two explanations (a) he was a Milanese secret agent trying to discredit all the law-abiding Torinesi in the vain hope of getting the next games, or (b) he had too much of Blu del Moncenisio - with its dangerous molds - coupled with some local drinks, which often include Amanita Muscaria. However: how comes you take Blu del Moncenisio seriously only when Donna suggests it (I did it before); how comes you take seriously his ridiculous point on Turin's restaurant, when at least 4 or 5 are better than Galileo (not to mention prices); how comes you have not tried Borgiattino? Donna is right on one point, though: rice was invented here in terms of its role in European culinary traditions. Just read Thomas Jefferson's travel notes while he was trying to steal rice from Piemonte. Nuff said.

Posted by: piero | February 16, 2006 07:03 PM

By chance was Tony Kornheiser behind the wheel of this bus?

Michelle Kwan made it on with Bob Costas Primetime for falling on her "bottom"-should we expect to see our WiseGuy in the spotlight tonight?

Get Well/XOXO to our "WiseGuy"...

P.S.-Is there video of this incident?

Posted by: Wise Girls-DC | February 16, 2006 08:02 PM

That wasn't Mr. Tony's bus was it?

Posted by: alex le grand | February 16, 2006 11:46 PM

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