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George Kiseda dies

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SF_Express, May 14, 2007.

  1. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    He was a bit of a legend:

    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) -George Kiseda, a journalist who championed civil rights issues in sports in the 1950s and 1960s, has died. He was 80.
    Kiseda died early Sunday of a form of dementia at an Alzheimer's care facility in Orange County, brother Jim Kiseda said Monday from Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Kiseda had been at the San Juan Capistrano facility since November.
    "He got into a lot of trouble for standing up for minorities," Jim Kiseda said. "He jeopardized his career in many ways."
    George Kiseda wrote for the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Bulletin in the 1950s and '60s before finishing his career in 1984 as a sports copy editor at the Los Angeles Times.
    In 1957, he wrote a column for the Sun-Telegraph about an upcoming football game between Army and Tulane in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, where seating was segregated. It was the same year President. Eisenhower sent troops to Arkansas to enforce integration of Little Rock's Central High School.
    U.S. Rep. James Fulton of Pennsylvania read Kiseda's column on the floor of the House of Representatives. Army moved the game to West Point's smaller Michie Stadium.
    Kiseda was nicknamed the "Silver Quill" by Philadelphia 76ers guard Wally Jones.
    The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan, who received the basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award, once said: "The greatest NBA writer of all time was George Kiseda - the 'Silver Quill' - my favorite writer."
    Another admirer is Sandy Padwe, a former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist who became a senior editor at Sports Illustrated and later acting dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
    "I teach George Kiseda," Padwe told the Los Angeles Times. "He's the model of what every sports writer should be."
    A funeral is Saturday in Kiseda's hometown of Monessen, Pa., with burial to follow.
  2. Dignan11

    Dignan11 Member

    George Kiseda


    Mark Heisler writes a nice ode to one of the best who wasn't afraid to ignite change. Alan Richman and Bob Ryan call him the greatest basketball beat writer of all time.
  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    An absolute legend and a huge part of the L.A. Times' Olympics coverage in 1984.
  4. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    Re: George Kiseda

    The late Mal Florence once told me that George Kiseda was the best newsman he had ever known. That's good enough for me.
  5. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Two threads on this now, hopefully EF or somebody can merge 'em.
  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    The Mark Heisler obit did not mention him as SE before Dwyre but had this:

    Moving to the Los Angeles Times in 1972, Kiseda had an immediate impact, introducing a brash style of headline writing that remains the section's signature. After Anthony Davis scored six touchdowns in the second half of USC's dramatic 1972 comeback against Notre Dame, Kiseda wrote the headline that ran across the top of the page in 42-point type: "DAVIS! DAVIS! DAVIS! DAVIS! DAVIS! DAVIS!"
  7. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Yeah, I deleted that post. I'm not sure how it worked out. I know Kiseda was an important guy for Dwyre.
  8. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

  9. Nice obit by Mark Heisler. The youngsters here should know that Kiseda's contributions to the business were not insignificant. Merchant's staff at the Philadelphia Daily News, as Mark pointed out, changed the way we do our jobs.

    It was a time of change for sports sections previously devoted to poetic myth-making. Larry Merchant, the young Daily News sports editor who helped launch a new wave by hiring Kiseda, Stan Hochman, Sandy Grady and Joe McGinnis, once said that if anyone had bothered to go downstairs and ask, Babe Ruth might have actually said if he really called his shot in the 1932 World Series.

    The young writers were independent — as Kiseda said, "I root for my story" — and, as former Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Pat Williams later told Richman, "scared everyone in sports to death."

    I was a little disappointed that the Daily News didn't have more about Kiseda. Maybe Conlin or Hochman will write something later. I'll post it if I see it.
  10. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    Tulane Stadium.
  11. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    Kiseda never would have let this get past the desk: Anthony Davis scored six touchdowns in the 1972 game against Notre Dame, but the dramatic comeback game was the 1974 game. He had only four touchdowns in that one.
  12. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Former Times staffer Mike Littwin this morning:

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