Just after Thanksgiving, thousands of Dallasites packed into Reunion Arena to witness “The British Are Coming,” a concert featuring seven legendary rock-and-roll heroes, including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. It was the first stop on a four-city benefit tour in honor of fellow rock star Ronnie Lane, who has multiple sclerosis. All proceeds from the concert went to an organization called Action Research into Multiple Sclerosis (ARMS), an organization for “research and public education about the disease.” But now that the tour is over, there seems to be some controversy surrounding ARMS.
According to a spokeswoman for the local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), the tour’s proceeds aren’t going to be used for research at all, but rather for a controversial treatment that the NMSS hasn’t approved. The treatment, hyper-baric oxygen (HBO), delivers higher than normal doses of oxygen to the patient. NMSS officials say that there is no evidence that the treatment can cure or permanently arrest the disease.
Several days after The Dallas Morning News published an article about some pretty shady real estate deals in Garland, real estate developer Danny Faulkner (who had invested heavily in some Garland condominiums and was mentioned several times in the article) reportedly began a frantic search to find a public relations agency.
While most of us were overeating during the holidays, 76-year-old Johnny Kelly visited Dallas. He’s run 111 marathons, and he’s still going strong. Kelly was here to go through his first battery of tests -ever-at the Aerobics Center. The results? “Superior.”