Dave Daughtry, R.I.P. A Close Friend, Mentor and Bon Vivant

When I moved to Northwest Florida, I formed a production services association to network with fellow production people. One of the first people I befriended was Denise Daughtry, who was the Pensacola film commissioner. When I was pregnant with Jack, she invited Dave Dorman and me over for lunch one day. As we sat in her fabulous kitchen, adorned with gorgeous antiques–my favorite thing–in walked her tall, gorgeous husband, bigger than life. He had this enormous stage presence, and reminded me a lot of western star Clu Gulager, but better looking.

Dave Daughtry, my friend, mentor, and someone who was just as beautiful on the inside as he was on the outside.

Dave Daughtry, my friend, mentor, and someone who was just as beautiful on the inside as he was on the outside.

It was then that I witnessed my Dave–who has met everyone from George Lucas to Guillermo del Toro–become starstruck. I’d never seen this before! Since I was new to the area, I didn’t realize Denise’s husband Dave Daughtry had been the nightly newscaster on the Pensacola TV station. But my Dave, who had lived there for 25 years, adored and admired him from afar. And now he was getting to know Dave Daughtry up close and personal.

For the remainder of the time I lived in Florida, they were an integral part of our social circle. They were with me at 5 p.m. on November 2nd when my first labor pains kicked in, and they were the first to meet newborn Jack in person, after Dave and my parents.

James Bond had nothing on Dave Daughtry.

James Bond had nothing on Dave Daughtry.

Last year I got to spend more time with the Daughtrys than usual. They hosted me in their lovely, historic home on many occasions as I traveled to the area on business. Dave would drive me to the airport with his two beloved standard poodles, Peachy and Pal, in his Jeep. We had great conversations and plenty of laughs. To say I will miss him is an understatement.

Without further adieu, here is his obit:

Services Saturday

Longtime broadcaster Dave Daughtry dies after more than 50 years in radio/TV

Funeral services will be held Saturday for Dave Daughtry, a popular figure in local radio and television for more than 30 years.

Mr. Daughtry died Tuesday at a Pensacola hospital. The native of Macon County, Ala. was 76.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Pensacola. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.

Mr. Daughtry, who got his start in broadcasting at a small radio station in Andalusia, Ala., had hosted the morning show on WEBY-AM in Milton for the past 14 years. In addition, he moderated a Sunday night BLAB-TV show, “Justice for All,” featuring attorneys Barry Beroset and Tommy Ratchford.

Although he also had been an anchor on WEAR-TV in Pensacola and a reporter-anchor on WALA-TV in Mobile, “radio was what he loved most,” said Denise Chenel Daughtry, his wife of 26 years.

His love meant long and early hours. He started preparing for his two-hour show at 2:30 a.m. and arrived at the Milton station at5 a.m. in order to go on the air at 6 a.m.

“He joined us in 2001 and he’s been our morning guy ever since,” said Mike Bates, owner of WEBY. “We even ran a promotion called ‘Wake Up With Dave’ and that’s what a lot of people did.”

In addition to delivering news, weather and sports, Mr. Daughtry created a whimsical character, “Farmer Dave,” who dispensed folksy bits of philosophy. The “Farmer Dave” title was tongue-in-cheek, his wife said, because he knew a lot about gardening but little about farming.

However, he knew a lot about broadcasting in a career that covered several states and innumerable assignments. From that first job in Andalusia Mr. Daughtry went to Huntsville and worked his way up at other stations before moving to Nashville, Tenn. and switching to television. He was news director and anchor for WSM television and dominated the ratings there for several years.

He was press secretary for the City of Knoxville and also worked at television stations in Memphis, Tenn. and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Daughtry came to Pensacola more than 30 years ago to anchor the news at WEAR-TV and then spent several years with WALA-TV.

Along with his love for newsgathering and writing, he had a strong voice and loved to belt out songs. His beloved dogs Peaches and Pal often accompanied him on trips from his home in the Historic Seville District in Pensacola.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Bonnie Daughtry Barazza (Mike), Michael Daughtry (Sheila) and Patrick Daughtry (Lynn), all of the Auburn, Ala. area. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Lindsey Seal, Shannon Barazza Hlcome, Evan Barazza, Patrick Houston Daughtry Jr., Amanda Daughtry Van Ausdal, Shelby Prestridge and Benjamin Daughtry. Mr. Daughtry also was eagerly awaiting the birth of his first great-grandchild by Amanda and Don Van Ausdal.


Bacon is the New Smoking? #JournalismIsDead #JunkScience #CarnivoresUnite

My friend Carl emailed me this yesterday, which I asked permission to republish. I was taken aback by yesterday’s headlines. After all, I just discovered Hungarian sausage, which is even better than German Summer Sausage (I know, I couldn’t believe it, either, but it IS! Garlicky goodness mixed with a smoky final note flavor — put that on dark rye with some sharp white Vermont cheddar and that could be my last meal on death row!).

Google "bacon" and here's what comes up today.

Google “bacon” and here’s what comes up today.

I admit to an allergy to math, so Carl took a deep dive into these numbers and got to the truth behind the hype yesterday. Without further adieu, here are his comments:

Unless you’ve been under a rock today, you’ve heard, seen or read that the world is coming apart at the seams. “Meat causes cancer!” is all over the news. Quick, hide the women and children. Break out the broccoli. Toss out the Weber. Run for your lives…!

Ummmm. Wait a minute. How about the data? Got any?

I dug into the numbers beyond the headlines. What really bothered me was that almost no one was reporting facts; just hype and innuendo.

It took some doing, but a few reporters actually went past the headlines. Here’s a bottom line that may surprise you. (Italics are my addition)

(Source: Tom Chivers, UK) According to Cancer Research UK, 64 people out of every 100,000 can expect to develop colorectal cancer per year (btw lower in US/CDC: 57).Taken crudely, the IARC’s report suggests that eating 50g of bacon every day would raise your risk from 64 in 100,000 to 72 in 100,000, or from 0.064% to 0.072%. Over a lifetime, your risk is about 5%, according to the NHS; eating 50g of processed meat a day will raise that to about 6%. ( A ONE PERCENT INCREASE!)

For comparison, research on smoking and cancer found that men who smoked 25 cigarettes a day were 24 times higher risk of developing lung cancer, or a 2,400% increase. (End of source)

2,400% vs 1% yet they compare steak to cigarettes. Is this good public policy?

This is using THEIR DATA. Also, they did ZERO studies of their own. They compiled data from 800 previously existing epidemiological studies. Collating these wildly disparate studies, even with IBM Watson, is a huge undertaking. Even if done without bias (unlikely), many of the 800 studies are, by themselves, “quasi-science,” which is the nature of epidemiological studies.

Lots of headlines for not a lot of fact. Again I ask: Is this good public policy?

One more thing. Their findings on RED MEAT (beef, pork, and lamb) were COMPLETELY INCONCLUSIVE, but they lumped it in with processed meat for good measure. Guilt by association with no definitive link. No data to definitively support a link to fresh red meat but somehow it’s the new tobacco.

No one is suggesting you live on Slim-jims or bratwursts, but pulling the fire alarm on all red meats smacks of an agenda.

Can you say “Bad Science”?

What say you, my friends?

Inaugural Post!

My good friend Anjie loves Batman even more than I do! Here’s her blog on the new comic!


Welcome to my first post. I am excited!

I got up early and read Batman & Robin Eternal #1. This is the first issue in a planned 52 week run. Oh Boy! Is it starting out fun! This first issue was the set up, getting everyone into place and letting us know who we will be playing with for the next 52 weeks. It had a fair amount of action and a whole lot of mystery. I really enjoyed the way they introduced the players. That one screen shot with their names and vital info.That was cute. Yes…I said cute. In this first issues we find Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and Jason Todd working together chasing bad guys. The way the goof around together is great, I love it. A few pages later we have some serious mind control going on that catches Dick WAY, WAY off guard and sets the…

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Introducing: Dave Dorman’s FIRST Ever Marvel Superhero Cover!

These won’t last, folks! Grab yours now!

Dave Dorman

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I hope to see many of you this weekend at New York Comic-Con! And now, I’d like to introduce you to my FIRST Marvel Superhero cover! 

Spider Gwen by Dave Dorman                          Spider-Gwen #1 by Dave Dorman

This is the cover for Spider-Gwen #1, hitting the shelves next Wednesday, Oct.14. While I have been a fan of Marvel’s since the late 1960s, and I have produced some fun trading cards and other material for them, I have never done a cover for any of their Superhero books. Now that has changed. I have collaborated again with M&M Comics in San Antonio to produce a variant cover for Spider-Gwen #1. It was great fun painting this new and popular character, and I hope it will open the door to doing more with Marvel.
I am offering sales of this book…

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