Sandy Lechtick makes sure to exercise regularly when he’s not running Woodland Hills legal search firm Esquire Inc. But the 65-year-old is not much for golf or treadmills.
Four times a week, Lechtick can be found down at Allen & Sons table tennis club in Canoga Park. There he does footwork drills and perfects his crosscourt backhand with a former Iranian table tennis champ. He claims the rigorous workouts cause him to lose 2 to 3 pounds in water weight each session.
It’s not something Lechtick has just picked up. He was California table tennis champion in the early 1970s before choosing to work at a recruiting firm over pursuing a pro table tennis career. He also befriended and later hired table tennis great Glenn Cowan – one of the participants in the “ping-pong diplomacy” games between the United States and China in 1971 – as one of his employees.
In the intervening decades, he’s kept up table tennis as a hobby, which he calls a release from daily dealings with high-powered attorneys.
“You’re so focused on that ball that’s coming at you so fast, one is not thinking about the deal that I just lost or dealing with a super-high-maintenance partner with a $5 million book of business who’s making my life difficult,” he said.
When Times Get Rough
When Beachbody Chief Executive Carl Daikeler heard his 14-year-old daughter, Ava Delaney Daikeler, sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at a school performance a couple of months ago, he thought it was so beautiful that he asked noted producer Peter Asher to help her record the song. The proceeds would go toward helping end child trafficking.
It’s a cause he’s familiar with. He’s been involved for two years with the International Justice Mission, but Daikeler said this song initiative was his most significant contribution.
“It was an incredible project for us to share,” said Daikeler, 50, of Santa Monica.
He said that the 99-cent song on iTunes debuted June 1 and soon raised more than $730,000 for the mission.
Celebrity Beachbody trainers are auctioning off workouts and advice with the proceeds going to the cause. In addition, some Broadway producers are putting up show tickets and autographs for bidding under on eBay.
There are many problems in the world, but “human freedom and how we treat each other seems to be the first one to fix,” he said.
Staff reporters Alfred Lee and Priscilla Casper contributed to this column. Page 3 is compiled by editor Charles Crumpley. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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