Novak on the Mend; ‘There Are Mad Bloggers Who Profess to Take Delight in My Distress’

novak090508 Novak on the Mend; There Are Mad Bloggers Who Profess to Take Delight in My DistressIn his most recent column, Robert Novak explains how hitting a pedestrian with his car made him realize that something was wrong with him, ultimately leading to the diagnosis of his brain tumor.

As Mr. Novak writes:

I did not realize I had hit anyone until a shirt-sleeved young man on a bicycle, whom I incorrectly thought to be a bicycle messenger, jumped in front of my car to block the way. In fact, he was David A. Bono, a partner in the high-end law firm Harkins Cunningham. The bicyclist was shouting at me that I could not just hit people and then drive away. That was the first I knew about the accident.

Mr. Novak goes on to write, "The person I hit, identified by police as Don, with no fixed address, was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where police said, ‘There are no visible injuries.’" The man’s full name is actually Don Clifford Liljenquist and he is 86 years old, according to The Washington Post‘s Paul Duggan.

Mr. Novak then tells of his diagnosis and treatment. He is now home in Washington, recovering and trying "to get back at least parts of my normal life."

"There are mad bloggers who profess to take delight in my distress," Mr. Novak writes. "but there’s no need to pay them attention in the face of such an outpouring of good will for me. I had thought 51 years of rough-and-tumble journalism in Washington made me more enemies than friends, but my recent experience suggests the opposite may be the case."


  1. Thanks for sharing the article….This is something i really admire that there is still people who¬†believe in humanity ,… The victim should be diagnose properly so that there is not much injury to the victim…¬†

  2. Thanks for sharing the such a wonder full article…Malpractice in hospitals should be checked properly so that no one can get harmed his or her life…Life is very important to every one and no one want to loose it ….If any one get harmed due to lack of negligence of the hospital then the suffering party opt for the lawsuit and hire good solicitor who can provide you the good claims ….

  3. If he is not a celebrated person, who’d like to pay so much attetion to him? That is why the famous should take more care with what they do.