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Dawn Batson alive and kicking
Posted By: News
Date: Wednesday, 18 February 2004, at 3:15 p.m.
By Terry Joseph
CONTRARY to Sunday evening's news flash on a radio station, popular Panorama commentator and steelpan music arranger Dr. Dawn Batson is alive and well.
Telephones were ringing off the hook Sunday night and the e-mail system buzzed up to early yesterday with queries over the station's reported accidental death of pan icon Dr. Dawn Batson.
The station's presenter shocked listeners with a live report from Hilton Trinidad, where the Heartbeat fete was in progress, by interviewing a visitor from Miami, who told of the accidental death and subsequent burial of Dr. Batson.
The Miami-based visitor told a chilling story of a car accident just one block from her home, in which the victim crashed into a tree and broke her neck. Dr. Batson, he said, had done a lot for Trini music in Miami and was well loved by the community. She was buried, said the report, on Tuesday last.
Brown lamented the loss, saying Dr. Batson had joined the radio station's team last year as a commentator for the Panorama final and they were all looking forward to working with her again. He sent condolences to her family and the people of Barataria at large, saying the entire community would certainly mourn her loss.
But like that of Mark Twain, news of Dr. Dawn Batson's death had been greatly exaggerated.
As it turned out, it was a Dr. Donna Batson who suffered a cruel fate last week in Miami. The coincidence was just too much when the witness related Dr. Batson's plight. The announcer later apologized for the error.
Dr. Dawn Batson is very much alive and was yesterday on her job as head of the Music Faculty at Florida Memorial University.
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