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Grinder makes tracks for Olympic short films

December 17, 2004

Red Wing Darren McCarty's Grinder and another rock group, Nova Driver, are providing the soundtracks for a series of short online films being produced by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and Rival Films.

The films, which showcase athletes preparing for the 2006 Winter Olympics, are written and directed by Michigan native Matthew Fults. The first two, featuring 2002 Olympic bobsled gold medalist Vonetta Flowers and 2003 World Cup skeleton champion Chris Soule, can be seen at

"These films are exciting and one of the reasons I've decided to work with Matt to tell my story as well," said McCarty, referring to an upcoming documentary on his life.

McCarty also has worked with Salt Lake City-based Rival Films as the narrator of "Hockey's Greatest Era," a documentary that will debut Jan. 25 on FSN Detroit.

Grinder also is preparing to record the follow-up to its 2002 CD, "Gotta Keep Movin'."

Autographs for food

The Detroit Shock's Bill Laimbeer and Barb Farris will sign autographs at's Third Annual Charity Event, 7-9 p.m. Monday at Hillside Furniture, Telegraph north of Square Lake in Bloomfield Hills. To get autographs, fans must donate five canned goods and one toy.

The event starts at 6, and there also will be entertainment by singer Crystal Lynn and a silent auction of entertainment memorabilia.

It benefits the Children's Hospital of Michigan, the Oakland County and Gleaners food banks, and the Alzheimer's Association of Michigan.

Recruiting trip

Braham High's Isaiah Dahlman, a 6-foot-7 junior shooting guard and the most-sought recruit in Minnesota, was impressed that Michigan State coach Tom Izzo flew in to watch him play Tuesday night.

"For him to come here in the middle of the season is very thoughtful, very nice," Dahlman told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Most Big Ten coaches are interested in Dahlman, the grandson of Basketball Hall of Famer Johnny Kundla -- who also was at the game. He's a former Minneapolis Lakers and Minnesota coach.

Dahlman, who has been averaging 26.2 points a game this season, scored 16 in Braham's 51-40 victory over Christ's Household of Faith.

Missing medals

Paul Nichols Christow, 48, a janitor at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has been charged with stealing more than 100 Olympic medals and other memorabilia, including Johnny Weissmuller's 1924 medals. The property was valued at nearly $500,000.

The theft wasn't discovered until a collector who bought some of the medals over the Internet contacted the Hall.

Apparently the missing medals were replaced with medals of lesser value from other displays or storage.

Christow's lawyer, Raag Singhal, said the man is a heroin addict who seemed willing to help retrieve the collection.

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