Welcome me to the 21st century.
Among other subjects this blog will focus on are my memories of covering the Philadelphia Flyers at the beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News (talk about living in the past…) I covered the Flyers when they won their only Stanley Cups, in 1974 and ’75. They haven’t won since, so I’m saying I had something to do with those championships (…smile…)
I’ll also offer thoughts on auto racing, which I started covering for the Daily News in the early 1970s, plus other subjects.
I was a sports writer/desk editor/assistant sports editor with the Daily News from 1969 until 2005. From ’06 until the end of 2016 I was a correspondent for the newspaper. My prior newspaper stops were the Burlington County (N.J.) Times and the News Journal in Delaware.
After graduating from Germantown High in Philadelphia, I attended Gettysburg College where I wrote for the student newspaper and hosted, on the college radio station a radio show, called “Bullet Bill’s Bandstand” (the nickname for Gettysburg’s athletic teams is Bullets). I majored in English, minored in history. I met my wife Barbara in Modern Poetry class at Gettysburg (this is not fake news!)
While working at the Daily News I also taught, as an adjunct, in the University of Delaware journalism program for 28 years. At UD I worked with many outstanding students, faculty and staff members. One of the UD graduates I’m in touch with is Michael Lewis, the force behind setting up this blog. Ask him some time how he did with page design in my class (…another smile…) You can read his excellent blog at Michael Lewis’s Wide World of Stuff.
My sports writing led to co-authoring two books: with Sonny Schwartz, “Bernie, Bernie”, the auto biography of Flyers goaltender Bernie Parent, and, with Al Pearce, several editions of “The Unauthorized NASCAR Fan Guide.”
I have served as president of two organizations: the Professional Hockey Writers Association and the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. I have a plaque from the PSWA proclaiming I am a Good Guy (it’s an award the Philly Writers frequently give to members but I still tell people I can produce a plaque certifying I am a Good Guy).
For the past few years I have been involved with the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame (we live near Wilmington). As the historian, I handle the public nomination meetings for the Hall of Fame and write the bios of nominees.
I would like this blog to be a conversation as well; if you have any stories, anecdotes or memories about being a Flyers fan through the years, or a NASCAR fan as well, please let me know either in the comments section below, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much for reading, and I look forward to hearing from you!