DUDLEY CLENDINEN, a former national correspondent and editorial writer for The Times, and author of “A Place Called Canterbury” talks about living with ALS or “Lou” as he calls it in honor of Lou Gehrig, the great Yankee hitter and first baseman who was told he had it in 1939, accepted the verdict with such famous grace, and died less than two years later. He was almost 38. He also says calling it “Lou” in his honor gives it familiarity that makes it fell less threatening.
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