Bobby Darin: At Christmas 1973, we lost a singer with a heart full of love

Dec 05, 2022 208

BY: Charlie Sacchetti

It all started when I was 25 years old, in the spring of 1972. The perks of my job at Temple University’s Athletic Department included my use of the facilities on a regular basis. One particular lunch hour, I decided to go out to the tennis courts and practice hitting backhands against the big green wall outside of McGonigle Hall.

After about a half-hour, I felt a dull ache in my lower back. The pain increased over the next few months, and I decided to go to Temple Hospital’s Orthopedic Department to find out what, if anything, was wrong. Testing determined that I had either a herniated or, perhaps, a ruptured disk: L-5, to be exact. For a year or so, my condition worsened, and I underwent the usual treatment, which included exercises, heat treatments, and wearing a back brace during my waking hours.

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