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RIP John "Mr. Prep" O'Connor, Northwest Florida Daily News

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by HackyMcHack, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. HackyMcHack

    HackyMcHack Member

    This business brings out all sorts of colorful characters. For anyone who dealt with high school sports in the Florida panhandle, John O'Connor was high up on that list ... he was one-of-a-kind. He frequently wrote of "Nehi" and other things you couldn't get away with in other newspapers, smoked a ton and always had a colorful story to tell, but he also knew everything there was to know about high school sports in Florida, spending most of his career covering them. He died Tuesday at age 70 following a fight with cancer.

    Link: http://www.varsitysportswest.com/articles/writer-4333-daily-john.html
  2. Matt1735

    Matt1735 Well-Known Member

    Covered many a state tournament in Florida in the 80s and 90s with O'John and worked with him on the FSWA polls. He was a strong advocate for high school sports and for his area.

    RIP, my friend.
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