The Daily News' Joe Clark visited him in the Piersol Rehabilitation Center of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in April 1967.
"Seeing a youngster like Jimmie - who can barely scratch his
chin - lying in bed, makes one count his
wrote."But Jimmie is a determined, optimistic, wonderful young man who wants no tears shed for him."
"That stuff is for the birds," Clark
quoted Derek as saying about pity.