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|| News Item: Posted 1999-10-22

On The Sidelines
By Anne Ryan

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I'd like to introduce a new feature that I hope to make a regular part of "On the sidelines". Often we photographers have to get to an event very early and we have to wait. While we're waiting, though, those creative juices are still flowing. We also seem to have that uncontrollable desire to document things that happen in our lives. So, what do we do? We take pictures of ourselves and each other! "On the sidelines" is a place where we'd like to publish some of those pictures for our colleagues to see.

I know there are some of you out there that have rather large collections of these, so please be selective. You can upload pictures to me at Don't be shy! The more embarrassing they are the more likely I am to publish them. I will start by giving you these examples, mostly taken at the Olympics (I think we spend more time there waiting
around than anywhere else!)

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So, send me some jpegs of those wacky photos you've taken over the years and I'll see what I can do to get Mr. Hanashiro to publish them. I'm sure there are some rather interesting photos of him floating around.

Back to business....I can't believe it! It seems like all I ever write about these days is photographers getting hit by baseballs and hockey pucks. Maybe we should start wearing helmets out there. Sports Illustrated's John Iacono has taken to calling himself Johnny "Jaw" instead of Johnny Eye after getting hit by a baseball in the face during the National League Divisional Series at Shea Stadium. The ball was overthrown to first base and instead hit John in the first base box. He was taken to the hospital with a broken jaw, but somehow kept his sense of humor. When the doctor commented on how John looked after being hit by the ball John said, "You should see the ball!" I saw John last Sunday before Game 5 of the NLCS. He had a black eye and a bruised cheek. He said he had had surgery a few days earlier to repair his jaw bone. After he came out of surgery he said, "What's the matter? I still don't look like Antonio Banderas." He opted to shoot the NLCS games from the overhead spot.

Photo by John Grieshop

Photo by John Grieshop
Matt Lee, formerly of the Oakland Tribune, the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Miami Herald has been hired by the Boston Globe. Matt, part of the Tribune's 1990 Pulitzer Prize winning team (for the Loma Prieta Earthquake), ended his one-year stay in Miami on Oct. 13 and starts in Boston on Nov. 7.

Digital photography guru Rob Galbraith and his wife Lori announce what Rob refers to as their "favourite new analog device", their son Fergus Liam Galbraith. Fergus was born October 4th at 8pm in Calgary and weighed 7lbs 11oz and was 21 inches long. Pictures (no doubt digital ones) can be viewed at

(Anne Ryan, gourmet cook, Sports Shooter columnist and mom, is a staff photographer with USA TODAY based in Chicago.)

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