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Edwin Pope tribute

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by mkaufman, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. mkaufman

    mkaufman Member

    Edwin Pope, one of the classiest people in the business, has been at the Miami Herald 50 years and covered all 40 Super Bowls. We ran a tribute to him today...worth reading! We had a story by Armando Salguero and a great column by Dan Lebatard.
    Here's the link for Dan's column:
    and the story can be linked from there.
    Enjoy Super Bowl weekend.
    Michelle Kaufman.
  2. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Thanks for tipping us off Michelle.

    I remember hearing Popie on the phone with his desk one night, I believe at an FSU-Miami game. They were bugging him about deadline. He replied: "You want it quick or you want it good?"
  3. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Well, let's see, there was the time Edwin called the desk into his office and pointed to a wall of bound volumns in a bookcase. "In here is every story I've written about the Dolphins and UM football," he said, offering the archive as reference material.

    "Edwin," I asked, "How come every book says 'DUMB' on it?"

    He pauses. "Dolphin UM Book," he said.

    Probably more telling about him, though, was the night when he found out the section was tighter than usual, so he cut his column to 14 inches so it didn't have to jump.
  4. Ronnie Ramos

    Ronnie Ramos New Member

    My heart skipped a beat when I saw the posting, thinking something had happened to him. No one has meant more to me in this business than Edwin. He was always gracious and sharing. Most importantly, he always had time. If you just listened, you would learn. Every day. He treated me the same way when I started at the Herald answering the phones (we were called henchers back then) as when I edited (I am using the term loosely here) his column as deputy sports editor there. My only hope is to be half as good a person as he is.

    Thanks for everything, Edwin. I hope to see you again at Augusta.

    Ronnie Ramos
    Sports Editor
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  5. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Edwin is both a top talent and one of the most wonderful people I ever met in this business.
    Good for the Herald to acknowledge that fact in print at a time when so many sports people will be reading their paper.
  6. Buddy Martin

    Buddy Martin New Member

    Plain and simple: Edwin Pope is my idol.
    --Buddy Martin
  7. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Never worked with a nicer human being. Ever.

    At my Herald going away party, which he attended in a particularly seedy bar, he said if I wanted to meet the right woman, I should start going to church.

    Should have listened to him, I suppose.
  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Agree SF. I have the same feelings about having worked with Edwin. The man is a total class act.
  9. Bruhman

    Bruhman Active Member

    Like Ronnie, I also had an "uh-oh" moment when I saw this thread. But it was a great idea to run such pieces now instead of later. Give folks their flowers while they can still enjoy them.

    On the few ocassions I've crossed paths with Edwin, I've been impressed with his kindness and civility. Those qualities aren't always evident in journalists of his stature, but he looks beyond masthead and market size. He's certainly someone to respect, admire and emulate, and not simply because he's been at it for 50 years.
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    My heart stopped when I read this thread... I don't know if sports journalism could handle losing Pope and McKenzie in the same week...
  11. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Maybe Michelle can change the name to "50 years of Edwin Pope" tribute or something, to prevent any more cardiac moments.
  12. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    I never met the man, but my favorite story about him (and somebody help me remember the exact word because I'm probably wrong) was Howard Cosell came up to him and demanded to know why Pope had called him pompous (or some other word). Pope replied, "Because you are."
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