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Oldest working sports writer in the world dies

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by HarryNutsack, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. HarryNutsack

    HarryNutsack New Member

    Michael Strauss, a sports writer for 75 years, died Saturday at age 96. Strauss, who was the sports editor of the Palm Beach Daily News, wrote for the New York Times for 50 years before retiring to Palm Beach in 1982. He was the sports editor for the Palm Beach Daily News since then. By his own count, Strauss covered more than 60 different sports in 20 states and on four continents in his career at the Times. Apparently, he was the oldest working sports writer in the world.

  2. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Has my full respect, but can't resist:

    He got out, just in time.
  3. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure about the gravitas about this announcement, given that it was delivered by HarryNutsack!
  4. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Should I make the obvious joke about how I was worried we just lost one of our biggest posters?

    I already did? Ew.

    Sounds like a good guy. Hope someone primed that pump for the stories he could tell.
  5. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    So, in 1933, he could have been covering Ruth, Gehrig, done a gamer on the first NFL championship game (Giants/Bears at Wrigley Field) or written about the Eagles or Steelers being founded....

    RIP, Mr. Strauss. We who are reading this can only hope to have a life so long.
  6. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    Mike was an occasional fill-in on the baseball beat when I was covering and I will admit he was a real nut. We were going through customs at the Montreal airport once when he said to the agent, "You got that $1,000 you were going to lend me?" I thought we were going to get arrested but Strauss started laughing, then the agent did, too. He was fun to be around for a short period, but I don't think he knew what he was writing half the time.

    RIP to the man from the NY Times, who always liked to announce that to anyone within ear shot.
  7. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Like Casty I crossed paths with him only a few times and he always seemed a bit eccentric and he always made sure to introduce himself as of THE NEW YORK TIMES very loudly.
    There is a story (I did not witness this) that he was unhappy with his eggs or something at a hotel coffee shop in Philly once and when the waiter's response didn't satisfy him he supposedly said "Then get your manager and tell him Michael Strauss of THE NEW TORK TIMES wishes to speak to him right now."

  8. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    The three words that struck me were "Times ski editor." Times have changed just a little.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Are we sure management didn't have him killed so they wouldn't have to pay him two weeks for every year worked?
  10. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    The way our 401k accounts are going, we'll have his record beaten before you know it.
  11. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Active Member

    That would be the buyout of all buyouts.
  12. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    RIP. The only other guy that I knew who did this crap in his 90's was Willie Klein.
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