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With 2009 drawing to its inevitable close, today in my column I look back. Here are links to the original stories about some of the folks I introduced you to this year:

Jamal Brown: "A City Boy Who Loves Horses Goes Galloping Toward His Goals," April 9, 2009

Stephen Powers: "Arlington Man Watches Over Unsung Monuments to D.C.'s Origins," May 14, 2009

Scott Kreger: "Using Pocket Change and Stickers, He Offers Thanks for Soldiers," July 7, 2009.

Jon Urban: "Folding His Career and Planning to Deal His Own Luck in Another," July 9, 2009.
"In Las Vegas, a lesson in life as well as the cards," Nov. 4, 2009.

David Kowlessar: "If necessity is the mother of invention, meet its inner child," Nov. 5, 2009.

Here are some other people you may remember from my column this year:

Mercedes Clemens: She's the massage therapist who massaged people and horses, until the state of Maryland told her animals were off limits. Mercedes won her precedent-setting court battle against the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners in July. And since then? "It’s been a process of getting things going again," she said of restarting her equine business. "But it’s been great." The first horse Mercedes laid hands on was named Maddie: "It was almost surreal, because I had imagined doing it for so long, then I found myself doing it and it was a joyful experience."

And she's back to being a horse owner herself. Mercedes adopted a 27-year-old Arabian named Jose. Has she massaged him? "Oh yeah. He enjoys it."

Lt. Tim Jones: He's the D.C. firefighter trying to find the resting place of Tom, the city's last firehorse. Many people offered clues to Tom's possible whereabouts but so far none have panned out. “Though it has not been found yet," Lt. Jones said of Tom's memorial stone, "I feel we are closer than anyone has ever been.”

The Kaleidoscope Bridge: When I wrote in September about the spinning kaleidoscope being installed in the bridge tender's tower on the 14th Street Bridge, it seemed as if it would be only a matter of weeks before the lights were switched on. Alas, it's been decided to wait until the work on the top of the bridge is finished. At the earliest that would be this summer.

Diana McLellan: The former gossip columnist is still hoping that her trash can-obscuring invention, the Topiary Trash-Can Topper, will catch the attention of EZ Ivy, the California company that makes the camouflage fencing Diana transformed into her can-cozy. Channels of communication have been opened and while there have been no promises from EZ Ivy, the outfit has promised to talk with Diana in the new year.

Stay tuned.

By John Kelly  |  December 30, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
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