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1, 2000 SOL. 111, NO. 29 & e WASHINGTON NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION 1999 GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER play music at Senior Page C1 by Scott Morris The Arlington Times ARLINGTON -- Dennis Doolittle will tell you he's a lucky man. But ask him to tell you about how he almost died last week and he has to refer you to others. He doesn't remember any of it. He doesn't remember walking to the back of Melady Lanes Friday night and getting his head and arm pinned underneath the pin- setting machine. He doesn't remember how bowlers Howard Lyon, Ralph Walker, Larry Heavrin and Jim Martin struggled desperately for about 10 minutes lifting and hacksawing the machine trying to set him free. And he said he doesn't have any memory -- out-of-body or otherwise -- of the life- saving moment when his oxygen-starved body heaved in a huge gulp of air the sec- ond he was freed. "I'd just like to personally thank those guys for giving me a second chance," Doolit- tle said Monday, a day after being released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. "From what I understand, I was about to check out." Even after the men freed him and the firefighters were wheeling him out on a stretcher, Doolittle's face was so blue, almost black, that most people in the bowl- ing alley feared he was not going to survive, according to Melady Lanes employee Vickie Bailey and Walker, one of the men who saved him. "It's a miracle he's alive," Walker said. "I didn't think he was going to make it, with the color [of his face]." Doolittle, 52, a former state champi- onship softball coach at Arlington High School and hmgtime Little League umpire SAVE page A3 i district Page A9 On March 14 Arling- ton VOters are facing and oper- at has a 3ok this