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|| News Item: Posted 1999-03-07

On The Sidelines
By Anne Ryan

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I have to admit that I started this column partly for selfish reasons. One of the nicest things about being a traveling sports photographer is that you make a lot of friends on the road. The problem is, though, that when you stop traveling you lose touch with everyone. I gave birth to my third son, Will Ryan Zich, on December 22nd (yes, another boy, the toilet seat in my house will always be in the up position).

I am a little housebound these days while I am on maternity leave, so I am writing this to help keep up on everyone's marriages, engagements, births, job changes, etc. ... and, of course, anything else interesting that's happening in your lives.

Speaking of third children, Damian Strohmeyer, a Sports Illustrated staff photographer, and his wife Joanne Rathe, Assistant Chief Photographer of the Boston Globe, are expecting their third child in September. Damian and Joanne are feeling extra lucky right now. On Saturday February 20th Damian was hit in the head by a hockey puck while covering a Devils vs Islanders hockey game at the Continental Airlines arena. He was shooting from an open box next to the home bench when a puck hit him in the forehead between the bottom of his helmet and the top of his camera. Damian says the injury was not painful, but that his head dropped to his knees as he was thinking, "Is this the way you die?"

He was taken to the emergency room and needed 45 stitches to close up the cut that was down to his skull. Fortunately Damian did not have a concussion or a skull fracture. Even though the helmet did not help him in this instance, Damian is a strong advocate for wearing helmets while covering hockey games from rink side positions. That type of blow to the temple could kill a photographer.

Job changes...Myung J. Chun, an 11 year staffer at the Los Angeles Daily News has joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times in their San Fernando Valley bureau. Steve Fujimoto of has taken a position at the Visalia (CA) Times-Delta, leaving a part-time-time photographer position with the Fresno Bee in their South Valley bureau. And, in a domino effect, Eric Paul Zamora has filled the position after freelancing in central California. Down south Dennis Copeland, formerly DOP of the Miami Herald, has moved on to the Commercial Appeal in Memphis as AME for photography. New Herald interim DOP is Roman Lyskowski. At the Chicago Tribune DOP Mark Hinojosa has moved up to AME and sports photo editor Pancho Bernasconi has become the Foreign/National picture editor.

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