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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

BEST OF: That Damm Spot 12.11.2008

   Just because Sybil and I are out frolicking in the South Pacific, couldn't leave you guys hanging. So while I'm gone let's do what the syndicated radio shows do. Yeah, a little "best of ..."
   I'll post some of my favorite stories from the past and before you know it I'll be back live and in living color with tales from abroad.
   Thanks again for your patronage, your patience and your understanding of my honeymoon sabbatical.

By Richie Whitt
Dallas Observer
December 11, 2008

   He always loved running. Helped him clear his head.
   If only Steve Damm could turn that trick now.
   Unfortunately, a pair of New Balance shoes and 15 miles per week can't combat inoperable brain cancer. Though a two-time ('01 and '02) finisher of the Dallas White Rock Marathon, chances are Steve will never run again.
   "Of the things I miss, running is at the top of the list," Steve says from his family's Frisco home last Wednesday, just hours after doctors revealed that the tumor at the base of his brain is again growing. "I used to go four miles, just to alleviate stress. Now there are days when I can't walk more than four feet."
   With his condition deteriorating and a desperate round of chemotherapy coinciding with the one-year anniversary of his courageous fight, Steve's body won't be able to complete Sunday's Dallas White Rock Marathon. His spirit, however, will proudly cross the finish line, lifted, carried and joyfully, if not painfully, delivered by 22 family and friends who will run for him.
   "I'm a very unnatural runner, but it's to honor him," says Steve's wife, Tyra. "It's not really something we ever shared. But I'm finding it therapeutic. I picked up his iPod and went three miles by myself the other day. I was bawling at a Coldplay song, a U2 song, and then I heard The Beastie Boys, and I started laughing. I could just hear him running along, trying to rap."
   It started with a headache.

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  1. O, he's trying for the "sympathy" comments! Man, this beyond sad!

  2. If anyone, for whatever reason, wanted to read your old articles...they could just search the Observer archives....twitt. I guess pay $5 if you don't know how to use Google...

  3. It didn't make much sense to charge for this site to begin with. Now the guy wants to post old articles (the first was from 1998) and still wants people to pay? Just post a comment you're taking a few weeks off and leave it at that. Stop being such a greedy bastard.

  4. From sports writer to soap writer. Very sad...

  5. Sybil, Don't do it!!!

  6. I can't say that I am a huge fan of RW and I have not been on this site in months. The losers that come here just to talk crap are absolutely pitiful. You really need to re-evaluate your sad little lives if this is fun for you.

    1. haaa stop it. just stop it,witt