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|| News Item: Posted 1999-05-17

On The Sidelines
By Anne Ryan

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Our thoughts and prayers this month are with our colleagues who have lost loved ones. Denver Nuggets photographer Tim DeFrisco's son Travis, 10, was killed in a snowboarding accident on March 23rd. The family was on vacation at Brian Head Resort in southern Utah. Travis was on a beginner's slope when he started picking up speed. He passed his father, who was waiting for him and collided with a snowmaking hydrant. If photographers who knew Tim, would like to contribute donations, you may send them to the Birch Elementary Parent Teacher Organization in Travis' name.

The address is Birch Elementary School 1035 Birch Broomfield, CO 80020. Phone-303-469-3397

Atlanta Journal & Constitution photographer Marlene Karas lost her sister Micheline, 50, to complications from lung cancer. Micheline lived in Santa Monica, CA and worked for FirstCom Music selling music to films and television. Atlanta staffers also continue to honor their colleague Rich Mahan who died of a brain aneurysm in September 1997. Staff photographers get one third of the money for photos sold to other sources. Staffer W.A. Bridges organized a petition that all the photographers signed to give the proceeds to Rich's family.At Christmas time Rich's wife Chris received a check for about $4000.

Rich's death was particularly difficult for me since he was my best friend. Death makes one painfully aware of how fragile life is. With deadlines and all the stress in your daily life it's easy to forget what's really important. Try to remember to take that extra time to tell your loved ones just how important they are to you.

On a brighter note....Orlando freelancer Ben Van Hook won the RFK Award for a story he did for LIFE Magazine that ran last year. The story was about a young man from Haiti who was born with severely deformed legs.

On the move....USA Today sports photo editor Sandy Arneson has taken a job with the Charlotte Observer. Her position will be filled by Al Anderson, currently Chief Photographer at the Bradenton Herald in Florida. USA Today photo editor Matt Mendelsohn is taking a job as photo editor for USA Weekend magazine.

Sean Dougherty of the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale has taken a job as a staff photographer at the Washington Times and will be getting married on May 27th. Garrett Ellwood of NBA Photos recently tied the knot. San Francisco Giants team photographer Martha Jane Stanton gave birth to 8lb 3oz Molly Jenkins on February 6th. This is the first child for Martha and her husband Bruce Jenkins, a sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

(Anne Ryan is a staff photographer for USA TODAY based in Chicago.)

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