‘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.