Jim Babka

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Jim Babka (born 1968) is a writer, activist, and former radio talk-show host. He currently serves as president of the Downsize DC Foundation and DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

Early life and education

Jim Babka was born in Cleveland, Ohio to James Sr and Joyce Babka. He was raised in Twinsburg Ohio, where in Jr. High and early High School he had paper routes for the Cleveland Press (until it closed) and then for the Akron Beacon Journal.

On the night of Friday, May 12, 1978, the Babka family, James Sr, Joyce, Jim, and his sister Sherri, were traveling west on Route 82 through Macedonia, Ohio when they were struck broadside by a car traveling north on Shepherd Rd. The Babkas' Pontiac spun backward two times, and settled facing west. James Sr., the driver, had deep cuts and bruises. Sherri, aged 7, was asleep on the passenger side—the side of the car that had been struck—and suffered a broken femur that required first traction, and then a full-leg cast. Jim walked away with only a cut behind his ear.

But Jim's mother, Joyce, had sat at the very point of impact. She was knocked unconscious and had severe internal injuries. She was rushed to the nearest hospital but never regained consciousness, and was pronounced dead in the wee morning hours of May 13. The next day was Mother's Day, and Jim, aged 10, stood with his father in front of his mother's casket to greet mourners.

The driver of the other vehicle, Jeff Dorsey, was only 16 years old. Officers on the scene determined he was...
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