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School Mates Connect After 34 Years
January 24, 2005

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA--It indeed is a small world.

Sunday's Sacramento Bee ran a story about two men who were connected by an event that happened 34 years ago and 400 miles away, and who lived entirely different lives until they were brought together again two months ago.

David Skinner teaches life skills to people with developmental disabilities living in Sacramento.

James Ervin, an artist whose paintings are currently on tour with a United Nations exhibit, is one of those people David serves.

When James was in seventh grade at Ralph J. Bunche Middle School in Compton, near Los Angeles, a gang of older boys beat him severely with baseball bats because he was "slow". He was left in a coma and nearly died.

David, it turns out, was in eighth grade at the same school at the time of the attack.

When David started working with James this past November, he thought there was something familiar about him. James thought the same about David.

"There's a feeling in my head," James said. "I keep remembering David when we were younger. We'll be talking, and I'll think, 'I've seen him before.'"

David said of James: "We're like brothers now."

Related:
"An artist's inspiration" (Sacramento Bee)

http://www.sacbee.com/content/lifestyle/story/12106430p-12976506c.html

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