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Daily Times: Anthony SanFilippo - A thank you for 11 wonderful years
By Anthony SanFilippo
How do you say goodbye after 11 years in just 400 words? (Shoot, I've already wasted 19). The answer, when you're headed to greener pastures (or are they orange and black?) is to thank those who made you the person you are in this business.
It starts with Tom McNichol, our intrepid desk editor, who, when he ran the department, took a chance on a 27-year-old with little journalism experience. I will never forget that he gave me that opportunity.
Next was editors Phil Heron, Linda DeMeglio and Bob Tennant for having faith in my brief sports work to hire me as a news reporter six months later.
I have to thank Associate Editor Joe Hart for teaching me how to be a reporter, even if I was hard-headed.
Thanks to fellow reporter Tim Logue, and former staffers John Roman and Andrew Cushman for allowing me to bounce ideas off them.
When I came back to sports, it was former writer John Lohn and assistant editor Terry Toohey who not only made me care about our scholastic athletes, but showed me how to cover them appropriately and stand up for them when no one else would.
Once I started covering pro sports, it was Dennis Deitch and columnist Jack McCaffery who taught me to be fearless in style and approach, even if we never actually conversed on the subject — that's why they're among the best in the area.
But when it comes to hockey, there's only one person who taught me: Sports editor and Flyers beat guy (for the third time!) Rob Parent, whose often sarcastic yet spot-on voice set the tone for the coverage I provided for seven years. Considering my future is in that sport, I will have a very solid base thanks to him.
I've already written too long (big shock) but I need to mention Brian Freeman, Bob Grotz, Gil Spencer, Bob Weiser, Vince Carey, Matt Smith, Christopher A. Vito, Matthew DeGeorge, Leslie Small and former publisher Frank Gothie. I could write hundreds more words about each. I hope a simple thank you will suffice.
Finally, I cannot forget Harry Chaykun. There is no better mentor in the business. Thank you a thousand times.
I'm certain this isn't the last you'll hear from me; the future of this business is murky and who knows what lies ahead. Regardless, I'll never forget where I started — a small suburban newspaper that always acted bigger than it was. I wouldn't have wanted to learn any other way.