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Mary Garber, sportswriting pioneer, dies

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Songbird, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Never heard of her, but I'd love to read the way she wrote a gamer.

  2. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    I never got a chance to meet Mary, except on video. But I remain forever in her debt. Without Mary Garber and other pioneers like her, many of the sportschicks on the board (including, perhaps <i>the</i> sportschick!) would not be in this field today.

    Rest in peace, Mary. May you always have interesting story ideas, open locker rooms, supportive editors, and late deadlines.
  3. Dave Kindred

    Dave Kindred Member

    Here's a link to a set of interviews with Ms. Garber done when she was 74. I did a Sporting News column on her maybe 10 years ago. Everyone I spoke to considered her a person of courage, dignity and integrity. A class act.

  4. GoDeacs

    GoDeacs New Member

  5. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    RIP to a pioneer, and a great one in North Carolina to boot.

    Thanks for everything, Mary.
  6. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    Anyone have an links to her stories?
  7. Dave Kindred

    Dave Kindred Member

    Through the miracle that is Google, I discover that I wrote about Ms. Garber for the Sporting News only three years ago. Time crawls.

  8. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    I echo PaperDoll. RIP to a true pioneer and the first woman to win the Red Smith Award.
  9. Mary was honored at a APSE convention a few years back, I think perhaps in '05. Although she couldn't make it, it was a nice tribute which someone taped for her.
  10. luckyducky

    luckyducky Guest

    She was the first female winner of APSE's Red Smith Award in 2005: http://apse.dallasnews.com/2005/jun2005/10-11oberle.html

    RIP, Mary, and thanks for paving the way for so many of us in and just beginning our careers.
  11. Sxysprtswrtr

    Sxysprtswrtr Active Member

    Oh man. Such sad news. I know she has been in declining health, but it's still bad news to hear of her passing.

    I met her once, and she has been a inspiration to me for a long, long time. Talk about gumption and not standing down to those who believe(d) women couldn't compete in this field.

    RIP, Mary.

    And for those who never heard her speak -- you wouldn't forget it, you knew when Mary Garber was in the room.
  12. gingerbread

    gingerbread Well-Known Member

    To a true feminist.
    And I mean that in how the word is defined. I have no idea how she'd vote, but it doesn't matter. She paved roads for all of us.
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