Dr. Irving Hall was always there for his patients.
This time it was the other way around.
On a Saturday morning in August 1992, Hall, who passed last Friday at 86, called Dan Hager in a pinch.
A former Navy carrier pilot, Hall had another precarious mission:
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He needed to fly to the northern Bahamas to close up the family vacation home on Abaco.
A hurricane was on the way.
Hager agreed to go.
So they flew out, did the job and flew back Sunday morning.
Hurricane Andrew hit later that day, roaring across the Bahamas south of Abaco with 160 mph winds before striking South Florida.
The home was unscathed.
“A wild weekend,” Hager recalled.
n Oh, no! Charlie Kennedy is about to hit the Big 5-0! The milestone is Sept. 29 for the Rusty Crickett co-owner.
n Joanne Dick is 80.
n Speaking of Team Hager, Dan and Tammy’s daughter, Kristina Hager, and Brett Snyderman say “I do” Saturday at Selby Gardens.
Kristina graduated from Stetson law school and works at Mackey Law Group. Brett attends LECOM pharmacy school.
His proud parents are Bob and Laury.
n BRHS senior Kristin Terrana is 18. Cheers from parents Vince and Lynne.
n MHS senior Kristi Wickersham is 18 Monday. Cheers from parents Mark and Ella, and siblings Lindsey and C.J.
n Southeast alum Rod Harper signed with the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad. The wide receiver was with Super Bowl champion New Orleans for two years, but was recently released.
n Bob Bryant, a World War II Marine, is 88 Sept. 30. Cheers from wife Ann.
n Marley Janae Heflin is 1. Cheers from parents Brittney Christie and Chris Heflin.
n The Bradenton Marauders 2011 schedule is a ways off, but Tim McCann already has a date in mind.
A wedding day at McKechnie Field.
A season-ticket holder and city of Bradenton spokesman, Tim and sweetheart Karyn Campbell got engaged Labor Day. Both are McKechnie regulars, so nuptials there would be fitting.
“I’ll need time to convince her to have the wedding on ‘Dollar Beer Night,’” he joked.
Karyn’s daughter, Cait, is an MSA senior.
n Lamar Graham is 101 Sunday.
n Evelyn Mader Coté is 100 Monday.
Vin’s People is by local columnist Vin Mannix. Please call Vin at 745-7055, write him at Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.