The Press Newspaper

Toledo, Ohio & Lake Erie

The Press Newspaper

The Press Newspaper

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        Joe Szyperski knew the sun would kill him.

        He joked about it as a young man, “Friends would tell me I would get cancer. I would say, ‘What a way to go. That’s how I’m going out. Solar suicide. I’m going out wrinkly with a tan’…Sure enough it happened.”

        Joe, 55, has spent a lifetime in the sun, He’s worked in the landscaping and lawncare fields for more than 30 years. He also managed a mini-golf course and ran in the sun to stay in shape for the 38 years he’s spent as an assistant wrestling coach, much of those years at Start High School. Now, he has melanoma and wants to talk about it to help others who spend too much time in the sun without proper protection.

      He shuffled across the middle of the court, stumbled, realized too late he couldn’t reach the ball, switched his racquet from his right to his left hand, lunged and swung weakly as he tumbled to the hard-tru. We helped him up, took a break. It was a Saturday morning, sun shining, air cool, near the end of the season, and we knew, he was near the end of his days playing tennis.

      The exits on the Nostalgia Highway are in 10-year increments. Enjoy this trip through the pages of The Press.  

June, 2008

        News: George “Tater” Jensen of Luckey, an advocate for the Society of St. Andrew, a Christian ministry dedicated to feeding the nation’s hungry, asked local farmers to leave a row in their fields and orchards for gleaners. The Society over the years had delivered nearly 10.1 million pounds of salvaged potatoes and other food to feed the poor.

 

 

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