Bo knows therapyA boy who suffered brain damage in a...

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September 03, 1991

Bo knows therapy

A boy who suffered brain damage in a traffic accident got the best therapy he could imagine -- a telephone call from his hero, Bo Jackson.

The baseball-football star learned from a counselor at Valley Children's Hospital in Fresno, Calif., that 10-year-old Joe Stillman is one of his biggest fans, but is recovering from severe injuries. The boy was in a coma for more than a month after being hit by a car as he walked in a crosswalk near his home in Oakdale, Calif., on May 20.

Jackson took time out from his rehabilitation from a hip injury Sunday to telephone his young fan.

Rehabilitation therapists had used his interest in Jackson to motivate Stillman, but the wide grin on his face showed that a telephone call from his hero was the best therapy of all.

"He was a real nice guy," Joe said. "We talked a little about baseball and getting out of here. We talked for four minutes. He told me to behave and be good."

The quote

Bob Beamon on Mike Powell, who broke Beamon's 23-year-old long jump record when he jumped 29 feet, 4 1/2 inches at the World Championships in Tokyo: "With all my heart, I'm elated that he broke through the 23 years I held the record. He has a lot of time to extend it further."

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