Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/08/12 at 08:47 AM ET
from Alan Allnut, Publisher and Editor in Chief of the Montreal Gazette,
In the fall of 1978, Red Fisher was the 52-year-old sports editor of the Montreal Star and at the height of his very considerable powers.
He ran one of Canada’s biggest sports departments and could get just about anyone in hockey (or football, or boxing, or baseball) to take his calls.
But in the fall of 1978, he was also one frustrated sports editor. I know this because I was the 27-year-old, wet-behind-the-ears city editor of the Star, and Red and I sat together in an empty newsroom as a strike by pressmen dragged on and kept the paper from publishing. I had been at the Star a few years, but had had very little contact with superstar Fisher, who never had a great deal of time for rookies. But through those months of the strike, I found Red to be a very cool dude, indeed. And he even talked to me as an equal, which I wasn’t.
Almost 34 years later, Red came into my office this week to tell me he has written his last column for The Gazette.
And he’s going to be really unhappy with me for writing about it.
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