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RIP, Bruce Keidan

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Smasher_Sloan, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    I first met him when he was covering the Phillies. He later moved on to Pittsburgh and had a long run there as SE and columnist. I believe he also did broadcasting in Pittsburgh.


    He could write, and you didn't want to be on his bad side. He and Conlin are probably two of the biggest reasons Philly has a reputation as a tough newspaper town.
  2. Dr. Howard

    Dr. Howard Member

    I thought Bruce Keidan was absolutely brilliant. Very sorry to hear this news. Way too much of it lately.
  3. cougargirl

    cougargirl Active Member

    As a student reporter I sat next to Bruce Keidan in the Pitt press box many times, but didn't have the nerve to speak to him those first few times. One day I was chewing on my pen a little too intently and he looked directly at me and said, "Kiddo, you need a light for that?"

    I nearly collapsed in laughter. "How'd you guess?" And so we got to talking, and always chatted when we saw each other at events in Pittsburgh. Plus, I made it a point to listen to his afternoon radio show during my bus ride or during a workout. He was insightful, controversial, colorful and a damn good journalist.

    RIP, Bruce.
  4. cfinder

    cfinder Member

    We've lost two brilliant men, brilliant writers, brilliant lights: Bruce Keidan and Jim Kelley.
    They way Bruce knew baseball and Jim knew hockey, the way they treated their friends and admired colleagues, the way they reported -- they were standard bearers for anyone who truly aspires to fulfill the title sports journalist.

    On a personal note: Jim greeted a bug-eyed, 25-year-old, rookie pucks writer with the same kindness and assistance as whenever he ran into him again and again, even as a gray-haired schlub still tripping over sticks in an NHL locker room.
    And Bruce, who was as gifted a line editor as he was a writer/reporter, hired me 25 years ago in Pittsburgh. I pray The Maker forgives him for that one mistake.
  5. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    I never worked for Bruce. Perhaps that's why he was such a sweetie to me. He couldn't have been nicer during the time we spent on road trips covering the same event.
    Wish I'd had the chance to bump into him one last time.
  6. mjp1542

    mjp1542 Member

    Grew up reading and listening to Bruce. His style and talent was superb. He won't be forgotten.
  7. Colin Dunlap

    Colin Dunlap Member

    Gene Collier wrote Bruce Keidan's obit for today's editions. Brilliant, as expected:

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