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RIP David Wesner, N.M. sports writer

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Pantalón del Fuego, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. From The AP:

    AS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Sports writer David Wesner, whose popularity was reflected by a deli naming a sandwich after him, died Tuesday night after a lengthy battle with liver disease. He was 53.
    A lifelong Las Vegas resident, Wesner worked as sports editor and a news and features writer at the Las Vegas Optic. He started with the newspaper during the mid-1980s and worked there until April 2005.
    His column, "Wild, Wild Wes," was characterized by its informal, chatty tone and reflected his sense of humor. His articles on local sports were laced with references to history, pop culture and national sports figures.
    In 2004, Wesner won New Mexico Press Association awards for feature writing.
    He had a favorite sandwich named after him at Dick's Liquor & Deli. The Wild, Wild Wes features roast beef, green chile, pepperjack cheese, lettuce and tomato on a toasted tortilla with a side of roasted garlic and cilantro.
    Wesner also served two stints as sports information director at New Mexico Highlands University and worked as a sports announcer for Las Vegas radio station KNMX-KMDZ.
    As a Robertson High School senior in 1973, Wesner teamed with Robert Clayton to capture the state doubles tennis championship a year after finishing as runner-up. He retained strong ties to the program.
    "He was a good friend of our family, a good guy who loved life and loved tennis," Robertson tennis coach Juan Carlos Fulgenzi said. "He was always positive. He always was really interested in how we were doing."
    Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com
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