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A prayer for Van McKenzie

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dave Kindred, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. PopeDirkBenedict

    PopeDirkBenedict Active Member

    I'm speechless. Thank you, Dave. That story is even better than I imagined.
  2. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

  3. Pete Wevurski

    Pete Wevurski Member

    Never heard: Was there any sort of observance or Bloody Brain binge in Van's memory at XLI?
  4. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    I was directed to this thread last night, so please forgive the grave dig. But I'm glad I got sent here. Thanks dreunc1542.

    But wow. I just read the entire thread. There are so many great stories on here by so many great people.

    I never knew Van McKenzie. Never heard of him until long after I came here. But seeing this thread makes me wish I worked for him.

    If I could be only a fraction as great as he was, I'd know I could never top the effort.

    I'll definitely ask for a Bloody Brain or two now.
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I just got halfway through re-reading it. Crying again, and laughing again.

    And I still feel short-changed for never having met the man.
  6. patchs

    patchs Active Member

    With my dad passing 2 months ago, it brought back memories of Van.
    Physically, they were similar, big, bearded, loud and a lot of fun to be with.
    It is just damn sad to see anyone die when they should have had a few more years of life to live.
    Van gave me some great memories, stories I love telling, and I only hung out with him for a few days.
    I'm glad to see this thread revived.
  7. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    This is my favorite thread ever on SportsJournalists.com. It's too bad it took something so sad and horrible to make it happen.
  8. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    I'm glad to have read this thread in its entirety.
  9. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    I see papers hire consultants.
    I see sections hire marketing and research firms.
    I see chains hire seven-figure "Innovation Officers."

    With Van, we would accomplish all that at the weekly planning meeting.
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