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from Stan Fischler at the Daily Freeman,
This will come as a shock to feminists, male journalists and assorted others who care about the right to write for a living.
My tale begins a half-century ago when hockey writers were given a ticket for every Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. Nothing wrong -- or startling -- about that. Right?
There was a message clearly printed on every ticket stub: LADIES NOT PERMITTED IN THE PRESS BOX.
Incredible, but true.
I mention this because in the days and weeks following my wife Shirley’s death (May 13), a number of articles appeared about the manner in which she led the battle to erase that form of media discrimination against women.
By Tom Murray,
First and foremost this week, a few words about the late Shirley Fischler, who died earlier this month after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
I first met her right around the same time her husband Stan fortuitously came into my life in the mid-1970s, both of us ultimately destined to collaborate in the revival of The Hockey News, which at the time was in dire need of a major facelift.
I spent more than a few memorable days at the Maven’s home office on the upper west side of New York, utilizing what were the best resources in New York—if not North America—to dig into whatever background information was required for a hockey story. Hard as it is to believe now, in those dark times before the arrival of the Internet and virtually instant access to any imaginable fact or figure, actual research was required. So instead of schlepping to the library on 42nd Street, I’d take the subway uptown to Stan and Shirley’s. There, every conceivable nook, cranny and desktop was jammed with current and back issues of NHL and team media guides, reams of back issues of newspapers and magazines and, of course, Stan’s endless array of books about hockey, many of whom were co-authored by Shirley.