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Lest we forget...Jim Kelley died a year ago this week. One of the greats

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JR, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    A lot of casual hockey watchers will only remember Kelley because of his dust-up with Hasek. The guy was a pro and I always loved listening to him on The FAN 590.

    Nice tribute by Mark Spector of Sportsnet.


    That a newspaper man would file a column the night before his passing makes Kelley a legend among sports writers. It speaks to a sense of responsibility to the job. A love for it that so few people ever are fortunate enough to attain, in any profession.

    That last hit of the "send" button, as strange as it may sound, is something that a little part of every one of us writers hopes they'll be saying about us after our time has come and gone.
  2. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Thanks for mentioning him, JR.

    And for the link. Good read.
  3. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    I used to read his stuff online at The Buffalo News and his column on Sportsnet.ca but what I really loved was his intelligence, humour and occasional acerbic questions while doing an interview on the FAN590 in Toronto.

    His love for hockey shone through and even though he was a Bills beat reporter for a number of years, all he ever wanted to do was cover hockey. From his account he took a big pay cut to go back and cover the Sabres.

    He also lectured at the journalism school at Ryerson University in Toronto and loved that shtick as well.

    Not many of those guys left.

    A mensch, as they say.
  4. pseudo

    pseudo Well-Known Member

    As noted in Spector's column, they've named the section of Washington Street between the Buffalo News offices and the First Niagara Center "Jim Kelley Way." Fitting.

  5. maberger

    maberger Member

    He was indeed JR -- a wonderful, lovely man
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