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Offline Dave Kindred

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Blackie Sherrod's 90th birthday
« on: November 08, 2009, 04:51:50 PM »
In my judgment, Kevin makes only one mistake in this. Blackie was always better than the event, and the better the event, the better Blackie was...

The master could write the serious as well as he wrote the comic. Find his anthology with a piece written 40 years later about a day in August 1945 when he flew with a bomber crew at 400 feet over Hiroshima....

"The dominant impression was of ferric oxide, not the deep color of iron rust, but a faded shade. Not a pastel hue, pleasant to the eye. This was a harsh color, harsh and pale at the same time. As far as you could see in that hasty moment, everything wore that same dead, depressing blanket. . . . There seemed to be a strange odor, permeating even the turret of a rushing aircraft, a sort of musty smell, like of old houses, dark and shuttered against the outside. . . . We were aware of no living creature or plant ... we saw nothing but a vast, flat wasteland covered with this pale red dust."

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http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/columnists/ksherrington/stories/110809dnsposherrington.45ff70d.html

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Re: Blackie Sherrod's 90th birthday
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2009, 04:56:52 PM »
The great Blackie Sherrod.
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Re: Blackie Sherrod's 90th birthday
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2009, 05:05:55 PM »
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"The dominant impression was of ferric oxide, not the deep color of iron rust, but a faded shade. Not a pastel hue, pleasant to the eye. This was a harsh color, harsh and pale at the same time. As far as you could see in that hasty moment, everything wore that same dead, depressing blanket. . . . There seemed to be a strange odor, permeating even the turret of a rushing aircraft, a sort of musty smell, like of old houses, dark and shuttered against the outside. . . . We were aware of no living creature or plant ... we saw nothing but a vast, flat wasteland covered with this pale red dust."


Wow.

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Re: Blackie Sherrod's 90th birthday
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2009, 08:32:50 PM »
Scattershooting while wondering what ever happened to journalists like Sherrod...

He might not have been the best, but I still wish I had just half his talent.
My only regret is that i have but one life to live as a Sportsjournalist.

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Re: Blackie Sherrod's 90th birthday
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2009, 09:15:37 PM »
A giant. He was in SF for the 89 series and after the quake spent the next week filing reports from the scene. Some of the best reporting you'll ever read.

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Re: Blackie Sherrod's 90th birthday
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2009, 07:58:45 AM »
Blackie Sherrod and others like him - Murray, Jenkins, Smith, et. al. - made sportswriting what is today. We all owe them our thanks.

Have a good one, Blackie.
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Re: Blackie Sherrod's 90th birthday
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2009, 09:15:29 AM »
Some hither, others yon.
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Re: Blackie Sherrod's 90th birthday
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2009, 09:32:26 AM »
what a hack!  ;D

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Re: Blackie Sherrod's 90th birthday
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2009, 10:40:22 AM »
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He was in SF for the 89 series and after the quake spent the next week filing reports from the scene.


Will this occur in the future?

If newspapers, in whatever format they may take, send reporters to an event and a natural disaster occurs, will they have the guts, intelligence and wherewithal to tell the reporter to stay for a week and provide coverage? Or would the management recall the troops, save the pennies and look for a local kitten to write about?

I hope the former.

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