Avis selects 808Ike as the winner of the John Wooden-autographed book. Text me at 256-0223 to collect.
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I’m just not very good at saying goodbye. That and the fact that for some reason I always get an allergic reaction — once it was chili peppers, I insisted — that makes me tear up, coincidentally, whenever it’s time to say farewell. My kids call it: “Dad’s chili-pepper moments.” Or, as my son might say: “The Bozo is going to blame the chili peppers again.”
Anyway, special thanks to:
• Dave Koga and Andy Yamaguchi. Those were the two writers I idolized growing up in The Advertiser. They spent the past several years as editors, so few have been able to read their brilliant prose. But Dave, Andy and brother Michael Tsai are the top writers in the state.
• Clyde Mizumoto, Steve Kimura, Paul Carvalho, Kyle Sakamoto and Bart Asato were always there to correct my mistakes, and, trust me, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, especially on deadline stories. In The Advertiser system, the sports copy editors also were responsible for rewriting the roundups for all of the national and local stories, such as the high school games not covered by a staffer. It was thankless (and uncredited) work, but they did it with great skill and pride.
• Stan Pusieski and Brandon Masuoka. As page designers, they always created displays that complemented and, more often than not, enhance the stories. And when writers screwed up by writing too long or too short — again, especially on deadline — they would make the adjustments.
* Reporters Stacy Kaneshiro, Dayton Morinaga, Wes Nakama, Kalani Takase, Stan Lee and Leila Wai.
• Da Clerks.
• And Avis Yasumura, Christie Lee Williams, Elroy Garcia, Sarah Montgomery, June Yago, Celia Downes, Richard Couch, Zenaida Cadaoas, Helen North, Curtis Lum, Greg Yamamoto, Richard Ambo, Leslie Kawamoto, and the retail and classified sales staffs.
I love you all.
And, darn, the chili peppers.