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RIP, Ted Gruszkowski

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Hustle, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Hustle

    Hustle Guest

    It probably doesn't mean much to most people, but I know that it means something to some.

    Ted Gruszkowski was a longtime bowling writer for us; he passed away on Sunday. I know he went all over the place to cover events, so perhaps he made some friends along the way that may happen to be here.

    He was a wonderful person and a joy to be around; he had the seemingly rare quality of seeing the good in all of us and making us all feel better about ourselves.

    He had a candy jar by his desk and he would always restock it when he came into the office later in the week. Everyone was welcome to partake - whether you'd been working here a day, a year or a decade. Most new folks would come up and ask if the candy was for anyone, Teddy would say 'of course!' and then introduce him.

    There were always a few phrases he'd pull out. When we worked on his page, he'd tell us that we were a gentleman and a scholar (I'd always joke that I was neither, but thanks); we'd ask him how he was and he'd say, 'today is another day in which to excel' (I'd always joke that I regressed a little bit). But my cheesy comebacks always made him laugh; he said we kept him young.

    Sadly, we couldn't keep him young enough.

    Our world lost a sunny, wonderful spirit on Sunday.

    RIP, Teddy, and thanks for all the smiles you brought us.
  2. lesboulez

    lesboulez Member

    oh wow...

    r.i.p. teddy...
  3. John Taylor

    John Taylor Member

    No doubt, Ted was a gem of a guy, and the man loved his bowling. Nice tribute Hustle.
  4. patchs

    patchs Active Member

    Hustle, my sympathies to you and your paper.
    Sounds like he was a great guy to work with.
  5. ShaggyTB

    ShaggyTB New Member

    Worked with Ted forever ago. He was always upbeat, always courteous and a true ambassador for the sport of bowling. Hadn't heard from him in a decade, but I can still hear the "gentleman and a scholar" line. God bless you, Ted.
  6. ink-stained wretch

    ink-stained wretch Active Member

    There is a traditional ending to the "gentleman and scholar" line … "and there are very few of us left."

  7. Keystone

    Keystone Member

    Ted was "Mr. Bowling" A true gentlemen.

    He really was in it to promote the game, too, not just get his face in the paper.
  8. henryhenry

    henryhenry Member

    not everybody can cover bowling

    and make bowling prose sing

    ted was a bowling writer's bowling writer

    r.i.p. ted
  9. John Taylor

    John Taylor Member

    Here is Ted's obit:
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