Beginning pretty much right out of college, I spent more than 20 years as an editor for the sports pages of The Boston Globe, perennially celebrated among the best sections in the country. It was a wild ride with bunch of guys who partied hard but worked harder, and over the years I came to feel like I was part of a family. We had a lot of laughs both in the office and out, playing softball together, drinking beer afterward, even going away, en masse, on vacations we relive to this day.
As an editor, I utilized my writing talents mainly to adorn the pieces I edited with those jazzy headlines for which Globe Sports is famous. Occasionally, I would write a news or feature story . . . though none that I can find online.
I left the newspaper in 2005 to help launch a magazine called Wondertime, and when that publication went belly up four years later I returned to the Globe’s pages. Initially, I wrote features not for Sports but for Arts. Then again, the opera singer I interviewed did once play in the NFL. And the Broadway-bound play I previewed was about a Hall of Fame pro football coach. Even the avant garde theatre troupe I visited had a sports connection: the vigorous weekend soccer games the actors used to remain physically engaged in their creativity.
Eventually, in 2011, I found myself back on The Globe‘s sports pages, as I became the paper’s sports correspondent for western Massachusetts. Essentially, that means I cover UMass football, basketball and hockey. Mostly basketball.
You can find game story after game story with a search of BostonGlobe.com. Below, I’ve linked to a couple more Arts features. Before you go there, though, take note of the Page 1 image I used above: It’s from a publication date after I left The Globe staff, but it was too irresitible for this Giants fan to pass up. OK, go look at some writing samples now:
Making a Splash: With “Pool Boy” set to make its premiere at Barrington Stage, everything’s going swimmingly for playwright Nikos Tsakalakos.
Lost in “Space”: Kid Koala’s new graphic novel becomes an immersive musical experience at Mass MoCA.