Losing a legend

I love sports. When I was younger, I wanted to be Jackie MacMullan when I grew up. I grew up reading her stories as the beat writer of the Boston Celtics. I started college as a journalism major at Broward Community College, was the Sports Editor of the student newspaper, The Chronicle.

Sometime during my second year of college, we had a visitor from the Sun-Sentinel come give a presentation about internships that they had, generally available to juniors and seniors. I was a sophomore. When I met with her, I had my resume and clips and she gave me a name and number to call about a possible opening. That call was to Dave Brousseau who coordinated Preps coverage (AKA High Schools). I was quickly hired by Dave and started working in the Sports department of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

It was there that I was lucky enough to meet an amazing man that I would have the privilege of working under for the next 4 years.  I wasn’t a writer, I was pretty much at the bottom of the barrel within the department. That didn’t stop Fred Turner from making sure he introduced himself to you, make sure he knew who you were and that if you had a question, his door was open.

Like myself, Fred hailed from Massachusetts. He was also a die hard Red Sox fan as any good Massachusetts person is. As time went on, I was more involved within the department, covering the Admin desk for the amazing Bonnie DiPacio, working on the Spring Training special section, the Football Preview section as well as doing Preps.

It was during the spring while tracking down 40 man rosters and Spring Training information that Fred would call me into his office. It was so we could discuss how good (or bad) the Sox would be that year. This was in the days before they won the series, when we would always say “this is the year.”

Fred passed away last week and it makes me sad. He was a wonderful leader who loved his job, his writers and his newsroom. He wanted to put the news out in the right way, what many would call the old-fashioned way. He wanted to get it right, not necessarily first and today in the 24/7 news cycle that attitude isn’t often found.

Rest in peace Fred.

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