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RIP Benny Phillips and Harold Pearson

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by CosmoMorgan, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. CosmoMorgan

    CosmoMorgan New Member

    Longtime sports editor of High Point (NC) Enterprise -


    (From Moddy: I edited to get in info about Harold, based on question below. Obit is below)
  2. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Re: RIP Benny Phillips

    Oh no! So sorry to hear that. Benny was always kind to me.
  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: RIP Benny Phillips

    Great guy. Very much hate to hear this. RIP Benny
  4. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Active Member

    Re: RIP Benny Phillips

    Also heard that former Richmond motorsports writer Harold Pearson passed away today ... Moddy, can your sources shed any light on this?
  5. Re: RIP Benny Phillips

    Benny was absolutely the best.
    It was honor to work with him for a short time, and I often think about his respect, dignity, hard work and wisdom.
    He was pioneer in his profession -- universally known as one of the best NASCAR writers -- but he was an even better person.
    I wish I had YouTube video of his appearances on ESPN.
  6. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: RIP Benny Phillips

    Damn. Had not heard that about Harold. I will check.
  7. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: RIP Benny Phillips

    Sadly, the news about Harold is true. RIP to another terrific guy:

  8. CosmoMorgan

    CosmoMorgan New Member

    Thank you for adding the news about Harold - or "Old Weird" as we affectionately used to call him around NASCAR. He also covered golf for the Times-Dispatch for many years.
  9. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    No problem, though it wasn't news I was particularly happy to add.
  10. kleeda

    kleeda Active Member

    Ed Hinton (yeah, he's one of my writers) wrote a blog about Phillips, a longtime friend. The photo at the top of the blog is particularly haunting to me, as four of the five men pictured are now gone. Only Randy Laney survives. I met all five, but can only count Hunter as someone I really knew.

    Tom Higgins wrote a nice obit, too.

    Hinton Link: http://espn.go.com/racing/blog/_/name/hinton_ed/id/7507035/nascar-benny-phillips-death-leaves-void
  11. Covered many an event with Harold, especially golf, when I was still learning the trade. Loved his catchphrase when he called in his story to the desk: "Make it sing!" His prose usually did.

    RIP, old friend.
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