In brief: ‘Dream Doctor’ McPhee dies at 49
LOS ANGELES – Charles McPhee, the self-proclaimed “Dream Doctor” who decoded dreams on his nationally syndicated radio show until Lou Gehrig’s disease forced him off the air in 2006, has died. He was 49.
McPhee died May 8 at his home in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley of the neurodegenerative disease also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, his family said.
Through his radio show, McPhee “made dream interpretation more present in pop culture,” said Cynthia Richmond, a behavioral therapist and dream counselor.
With a background in sociology and sleep disorders, McPhee began interpreting the dreams of callers in 2000 on a radio station in Santa Barbara.
By 2003, he was hosting “The Dream Doctor Show,” a syndicated radio program that eventually aired in about 25 markets.
“Dreams are always looking out for your own best interests,” he told NBC in 2006. “They’re warning you, they’re giving you information.”
Graham better, but still in hospital
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Doctors say the Rev. Billy Graham is responding well to antibiotics as he recovers from pneumonia, but he is still too weak to leave a North Carolina hospital.
Merrell Gregory with Mission Hospital in Asheville said Saturday the 92-year-old evangelist remained in fair condition and will spend another night in the hospital.
Gregory said the overnight nurse who cared for Graham called him sharp as a tack and said they talked about her late grandfather, who once worked for the preacher.
Graham entered the hospital on Wednesday after suffering from sweating, coughing and breathing difficulty. Gregory said doctors have not determined when Graham might be able to return to his home in the North Carolina mountains.