When his high school athletic career started, he was a football player; all five-foot-seven, 135 pounds of him. I don't know what the hell he was thinking, but his two years playing for the John Bapst Memorial High School Crusaders, in Bangor, Maine, nobody could measure his statistics. That's because I can't imagine he had … Continue reading Finally, my best friend is a Hall of Famer
When I first dove into the field of journalism some 31 years ago, one of the first lessons I was taught was this: Once the paper was put to bed at night, always check the wire one last time. Why? Because Ted Williams might have died. Growing up, both personally and professionally, in the heart … Continue reading First Ted, now Yogi … Who’s next?
I heard a man the other day say no child is a born a loser. He was talking about football players and how some can develop a losing mentality, but on the day they were born there was no built-in mentality whatsoever and that child's mindset was wide open, its future unabashedly not preordained. It reminded … Continue reading Bella Bond loved more in death than she ever was in life
Every year, on this day, we remember. Some of us take a moment of silence and go on with our day. Others converge on the site of all the horror and remember by reading names of the dead — 2,977 of them, all told. Some of us, I'm sure, no longer care enough to remember, … Continue reading 9/11, #neverforget — Reliving that morning 14 years later