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Voice of the Razorbacks killed in car accident

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by imjustagirl2, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    http://www.arktimes.com/blogs/arkansasblog/2006/07/eells_update.aspx

    RIP.
     
  2. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    OH MY GOD.

    http://www.asp.state.ar.us/fatal/index.php?do=view_reports&accident_number=354&year_rec=2006

    The official report from the ASP.
     
  3. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    From the AP wire...
    Prominent Arkansas sportscaster killed in I-40 accident

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Paul Eells, sports director of Little Rock television station KATV for nearly three decades, was killed Monday evening along with another driver in a head-on collision on Interstate 40 at Russellville, state police said.
    A police report said Eells' car, eastbound near the Arkansas 331 exit from I-40, crossed the median and collided in the westbound lanes with a car driven by Billie J. Burton, 40, of Dover. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene after the accident at 8:13 p.m., the report said.
    Eells, 70, was returning to his home to Little Rock after participating in a golf tournament for sports figures and the media at Fayetteville.
    Eells, a West Branch, Iowa native, joined the staff at KATV in 1978, and was widely known by sports fans in Arkansas as well as by reporters and editors across the South.
    He was named Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year 11 times and was also honored with the Associated Press award for best sports play-by-play several times.
    A graduate of the University of Iowa, he began his broadcast career with radio station KOKX in Keokuk, Iowa, as an announcer. He then moved to WMT in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as sports director where he did play-by-play for his alma mater.
    He was sports director at WSM radio and television in Nashville, Tenn., from 1967 until his move to KATV in 1978. While at WSM, he did play-by-play for Vanderbilt University in addition to covering Tennessee regional high school sports.
    Eells is survived by his wife, Vickie, a son and two daughters.
     
  4. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    I'd like to add that I knew Paul a little and he truly was one of the nicest people in the business.
    He'll be missed.
     
  5. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    This is going to rock a lot of people's worlds when they wake up in the morning. People are NOT going to be happy tomorrow. Lots of tears will be shed in this state. He was beyond loved.
     
  6. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    Didn't one of Eells' predecessor -- B.J. Sams -- also die in a traffic accident back in the early/mid 70s? I want to say it was 73 or 74, so there was probably someone in between them. If I remember right, Sams was also the sports anchor at Ch. 7 in Little Rock.
     
  7. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    It was Bud Campbell.
    Sams is still doing the noon news.
     
  8. OJ1414

    OJ1414 Member

    I saw Paul this afternoon at the gold event and had an all-too-brief exchange with him. A great guy who will be missed.

    RIP Paul.
     
  9. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    RIP, Paul ... and the woman who also died in the accident.
     
  10. Dude

    Dude Active Member

    This school is hardly a stranger to this sort of tragedy.

    Brandon Burlsworth was an offensive guard and was part of their "renaissance" under Houston Nutt in his first year. A few weeks after he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, he was killed in a car wreck.
     
  11. Jesus_Muscatel

    Jesus_Muscatel Active Member

    This is very sad news.

    May have met him once or twice, briefly. But he did seem like a nice man. An upbeat guy, for sure.

    RIP Paul.
     
  12. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Sad news for the UA family. I hope Paul enjoys eternity in the great boundary in the sky.
     
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