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Lidle's dad learned of plane crash on television

Cory Lidle's father, watching with his best friend, learned of his son's death from television coverage.

Originally Published: October 11, 2006
By Wright Thompson | ESPN.com

Doug Lidle and his close friend Bobby Compton played a round of golf Wednesday morning near their Southern California homes. Afterward, they went into the snack bar and watched as the television news broke in with an urgent flash: A small plane had crashed into a Manhattan skyscraper.

"We were watching it on TV," Compton told ESPN.com, "not even thinking it could be Cory, because Doug thought Cory had already left."

Lisa Lidle, Doug's wife, had just spoken to their son, Cory. "See ...

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