NEWSLETTER FOR AUGUST 1999
What we did in Phoenix
SMOOTH vs. ROUGH; COOL vs. HOT: Any way you viewed it, Phoenix provided contrasts for the 26th convention. Technology, most of it NBC’s, sent the 19th Red Smith Award winner, Bud Collins, via satellite from Wimbledon. As always, Collins was smooth and cool in his delivery. On the other hand, Dave Robinson of the Detroit Free Press found out what a desert lie was like in the annual APSE golf tournament. It was more than 100 degrees out there, and Robinson discovered an unforgiving rough.
• Pool reporting from the convention
Rick Vacek: Another year, another convention site where APSE stood for All Participants Sweat Excessively. But Phoenix, and the Pointe Hilton at Tapatio Cliffs, made it easier to take the heat.
• Let's harness all that energy
Tracy Dodds: Just as I thought. The frustration and animosity that I sensed during the general session with former Sports Journalism Institute interns jumped off the pages of the convention surveys.
• No choice: APSE dues are going up
Rick Vacek: If this were politics, you could say that the issues for the Executive Committee at the 1999 convention were taxes and redistricting.
• Burke elected second VP
Tim Burke, executive sports editor of the Palm Beach Post, was elected APSE’s second vice president for 1999-2000.
• A lot depends on your point of view
Gene Myers: The topic: Former Interns Tell the Way It Is — a spirited, intriguing and controversial convention general session. The aftermath: plenty of post-session chatter, from the panelists, the intern class of 1999 and sports editors.
• We were sitting on a pot of gold
Meyla Hooker: It was like a dream. I was going to Arizona to meet some of the most prominent sport editors in the country. I was nervous, but, once the plane landed in Phoenix, the jitters faded and it was all business.
• Funding, other issues still out there
Sandy Bailey: We asked sports editors in Phoenix for financial support, and so far the results are promising.
• Collins joins luncheon via satellite
Thomas O'Toole: He calls himself a scribbler and a babbler, but for most Americans the name Bud Collins is associated with television tennis and wild wardrobe — not the Boston Globe.
• List of Red Smith Award winners
• Checking in from cyberspace
Bob Yates: Although I have moved into the ranks of past presidents, I am thinking about the future of APSE. That’s why I will be spending much of the coming year in cyberspace.
• We'll need to be persuasive
Randy Beard: That topic we’re not supposed to be talking about made the agenda at the convention in Phoenix.
• Colangelo likes to give a little rope
Glenn Schwarz: Editors planning to pick up managerial tips from Jerry Colangelo needed to listen closely during his convention keynote luncheon speech.
• APSE recruiting effort will get a boost
Randy Beard: Recruiting and a modification to the Roundtable forum in the APSE Newsletter were the main issues addressed at the convention’s small-newspaper caucus.
• Women's sports gain the spotlight
Don Skwar: Did women's sports stories make their way into our living rooms and into the sports pages of our newspapers because editors pushed hard for them — or was it more a product of athletes who were fun to watch and read about?
• Good stuff? Yes, almost too much
Danny Goodwin: Twenty minutes into my first APSE convention general session, I was ready to call Columbus and resign. Nothing like a rejuvenating convention, eh?
• More and longer workshops urged
Herb Stutz: If the respondents to the Phoenix convention survey had their way, next year’s convention in Chicago would have fewer general sessions and more workshops, with a greater time commitment made to the workshops.
• Three of AP's best share memories
Pete Wevurski: Ben Walker, Ed Schuyler and Ed Reinke, all long-time staffers of The Associated Press, have not grown complacent. And all member papers of the Associated Press are the beneficiaries.
• 1999 rookies will do critiques next year
Paul D. Bowker: Nearly half of the 178 sports editors and assistants who attended the convention participated in the one-on-one critique sessions.
• General sessions
• AP writing, photograhy winners
• Peterson wins tennis again
For the second time in four years, Scott Peterson of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune won the APSE tennis tournament on the convention’s final day.
• Opening Executive Committee minutes
• Closing Executive Committee minutes
• Financial statement
• Feb. 24, May 23 mandatory dates
Rick Vacek: If the January-June mandatory dates are an indication, the 1999 APSE contest will test our enterprise reporting and the depth of our staffs.
• Regions: K.C. prep columnist hurt in blast
Jenni Carlson, a high school sports columnist for the Kansas City Star, was forced to leap from a second-story balcony to escape a July 26 explosion and fire caused by a suspected gas leak at her Kansas City apartment building.
• Huntsville gets drive-in
Paul D. Bowker: Next stop for APSE’s traveling drive-in workshop is Monday, Nov. 8, at the Huntsville, Ala., Marriott.
• On the Move: Wevurski returns to the Northwest
Kirby Arnold: If it had been a matter of a larger salary and a loftier title, Pete Wevurski could have stayed in Jersey City as managing editor of the Jersey Journal.
• Strode and Green will slow down a bit
The retirements of George Strode of the Columbus Dispatch and Ron Green of the Charlotte Observer will take a lot of years from the business, but both will be around for a while.
• Big turnout expected for Chicago
Herb Stutz: APSE’s 27th convention is more than 10 months down the road, but detailed planning for the June 28-July 1 gathering at the Chicago Marriott Downtown is well under way.
• APSE conventions sites
• Operating budget for 1999-2000
• Regional officers and addresses