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Flat Water Tuesday: West Side Rowing Club

Local native Ron Irwin has turned his life into the basis of the novelFlat Water Tuesday.  Irwin and his principal character started in Buffalo and took up rowing at the West Side Rowing Club. 

Irwin ultimately transferred to a New England prep school, where crew is the fundamental sport in a century-old rivalry with another elite prep school. 

From Irwin's current base as a wildlife documentary writer in South Africa, he took a fictional look back at his youth.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.