‘De­tour’ Dave shares life lessons in mem­oir


Spe­cial to the Whig

Any lis­tener of WBAL News Ra­dio 1090 or 98 Rock in Bal­ti­more has at one time or another heard “De­tour” Dave San­dler’s traf­fic re­ports over the last 30 years. A home­grown ra­dio per­son­al­ity who took to broad­cast­ing in col­lege and never looked back, San­dler has been a main­stay of Bal­ti­more ra­dio for decades.

At age 20, while at­tend­ing the Univer­sity of Mary­land, San­dler re­ceived the un­be­liev­able news that he had can­cer. He was di­ag­nosed with Hodgkin’s lym­phoma, a very treat­able form of can­cer that re­sponded well to ra­di­a­tion ther­apy. At the time this was the best treat­ment avail­able and prac­ti­cally guar­an­teed a cure. And he was cured, but at a price. The ra­di­a­tion he re­ceived at age 20 would even­tu­ally re­sult in heart fail­ure nearly 30 years later, and that was just the be­gin­ning of his or­deal.

San­dler writes hon­estly about his ex­pe­ri­ences. He writes as an every­man who has lived his life with in­tegrity. Even in the midst of a health crisis which went on for years, he ap­proached each set- back with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude. When his fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion was look­ing most bleak he and his fam­ily ral­lied and each stepped up to help deal with their new re­al­ity. That is not to say that he didn’t strug­gle. From this book you learn the im­por­tance of char­ac­ter, which makes San­ders the man he is to­day. In this day and age, there is room for a book about old- fash­ioned hard work and ethics. No blame game go­ing on here.

San­dler will be dis­cussing his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, “Tak­ing a De­tour: Life Lessons From A Near-Death Ex­pe­ri­ence and the Long Jour­ney Back,” at the Per­ryville Branch Li­brary 1t 1 p. m. on April 23. A book sale and sign­ing will fol­low the pre­sen­ta­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410- 9966070.

If you en­joy a good mem­oir with re­gional flair, try “For­got­ten Sun­days: a Son’s Story of Life, Loss and Love from the Side­lines of the NFL” by Gerry San­dusky.

For more in­for­ma­tion and read­ing rec­om­men­da­tions, visit www. ce­cil. ebranch. info or stop by any branch. Nancy Strakna can be reached at nstrakna@ cc­plnet. org.

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