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Date Posted: 14:39:51 12/06/15 Sun
Author: Longtime PG Observer
Subject: Re: It's been done before ... at the PG
In reply to: Media Man 's message, "Re: Reporting on Games you don't attend" on 06:25:25 12/02/15 Wed

Back in the day when John Craig gave sports editor Bruce Keidan carte blanche as far as travel, the PG sports columnist -- the same Bruce Keidan -- used to make a habit of writing Pirates columns on the team's West Coast swings (San Diego, LA and SF) while attending few, if any, of the games. Keidan preferred to participate in the San Diego bridge tournaments rather than follow the local team as it jumped along the West Coast 3-4 times a year. Craig was made aware of what was going on, but never shortened the leash on Keidan. Craig loved talented stars and he made sure Keidan had all of the necessary resources to become one of the country's best sports columnists. In my opinion, Keidan was -- in his prime -- the best sports columnist in Pittsburgh. As sports editor, however, he was a mediocre tyrant. The headline over his PG obit read "... Brilliant Former Sports Editor ..." I sure that one drew a laugh even from Bruce, who admitted he wasn't a good editor because of his inability to relate to and deal with in an even-handed manner the people in his department. He could, however, be a brilliant writer.

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