Katherine Dorothy Fischmer

September 24, 2020

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first_imgKatherine Dorothy Fischmer, age 91 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at St. Andrews Health Campus.The daughter of Robert A. and Hilda Augusta (Kops) Shultz was born on June 16, 1925.  Katherine married Oscar Fischmer on April 20, 1946 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Crossroads.  Together they raised 5 children and ran the local Fischmer’s Floral Shoppe in Batesville.  Oscar passed away on April 16, 2010.The homemaker volunteered for many of her children’s activities throughout the years.  She was a Den mother for Cub Scouts, on the PTA for the Westwood Elementary School and a playground attendant. She served as a Girl Scout Leader and Rainbow Girls Mother Advisor as well.  Katherine was a former member of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority.  Many people remember her for her singing, as she was in the St. Marks Choir for 50 years and sang as a soloist for many funerals and weddings throughout the years.  The St. Mark Lutheran Church member was also a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Stars, Chapter 348.  Katherine loved the Cincinnati Reds and was a huge fan.  Late in life Katherine moved to St. Andrews Health Center where she made many new friends and developed a good rapport with the staff.She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Diana (Bill) Baum, her four sons, David (Wauneta) Fischmer, Dan (Nancy) Fischmer, Devin Fischmer and Dale (Julie) Fischmer; along with 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Caroline Johnson.Visitation will be Friday, September 16, 2016 from 4-8pm at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Eastern Star services will be held Friday evening.  Funeral Services will be 2:00pm on Saturday, Sept 17th at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Batesville.  Rev. Jill Kepler-Campbell officiating with burial to follow in the St. Mark Lutheran Church Cemetery, Batesville, IN.Memorials may be given to the St. Marks Church Cemetery Fund, but flowers would be appreciated.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more


O’Neill backs Graham to shine

September 21, 2020

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first_imgMartin O’Neill is confident Danny Graham will rediscover his touch in front of goal as Sunderland attempt to fight their way out of trouble in the Barclays Premier League. The 27-year-old arrived at the Stadium of Light from Swansea in January as O’Neill invested £5million in an effort to take some of the burden off leading scorer Steven Fletcher. However, in his six appearances to date, the last four of them starts, he is yet to add to his total of seven goals at a time when the Black Cats desperately need firepower. O’Neill said: “He hasn’t played that much for us. What Danny would have loved to have done is what Steven Fletcher did; come in, score goals immediately, win the fans over and play very well. At the moment, both he and the side are coming to terms with a change of pattern of play, but I have got no problems that he will get some goals for us.” He added: “Obviously, he would like to get them as soon as possible. But during the course of time – he will take a little time to settle in, but sometimes it happens. “Steven Fletcher got off to a flier and has kept it going. Danny hasn’t been that lucky, but we will see. There’s time.” Fletcher has contributed 11 of Sunderland’s 33 league goals to date this season and with full-back Craig Gardner having added six more from his total of eight, the need for help is clear. Graham forced an early save from Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light. Indeed, it was his industry which sparked the 29th-minute incident that earned Bunn a red card. However, neither he nor any of his team-mates were able to make Sunderland’s advantage tell after Gardner had dragged them back into the game from the penalty spot. The Black Cats have now gone seven league games without a victory and have taken only three points from the last 21 on offer, a return which leaves them just four points clear of the drop zone. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


Vellios leaves Everton

September 21, 2020

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first_img “I think it’s been a disappointing season for himself but he’s always had a terrific attitude and always a real desire to try to work hard for the team,” manager Roberto Martinez told evertontv. “He’s probably in a position now where, at a very young age still, he needs a new challenge and a new environment to show what he can do. “We wish him well and I’m sure every Evertonian will follow me with that.” Goalkeeper Mason Springthorpe, 19, has also left Everton after the expiry of his contract. Everton striker Apostolos Vellios has left the club after his contract expired. Press Associationcenter_img The 22-year-old, who moved to Goodison Park from Greek side Iraklis Thessaloniki for a fee in the region of £250,000, did not make a single first-team appearance this season. He was loaned out to Championship side Blackpool in March but made just two starts before being recalled a month later and he leaves the Toffees having scored three goals in 24 games. last_img read more


Mourinho defiant after Spurs’ loss; Atalanta fairytale continues

September 20, 2020

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first_imgLONDON: RB Leipzig marked their first appearance in the Champions League knockout round with a deserved 1-0 victory at last season’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday as their impressive campaign continued.Timo Werner’s 58th-minute penalty after a foul by Ben Davies on Konrad Laimer was enough for Julian Nagelsmann’s Bundesliga high-flyers to take a narrow lead into the second leg on March 10, although they might rue not putting the last-16 tie to bed.Tottenham, without injured strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, were largely outplayed and will need the sort of heroics they produced at Manchester City and Ajax Amsterdam last season to keep their European quest alive.But for inspired keeper Hugo Lloris and wayward finishing from Leipzig, they would be facing an even tougher task in the return leg.“Leipzig are a very, very good team with a lot of energy. We had some situations that we could have managed better,” Lloris said. “We’re not really happy with the result, but we did it last season — let’s hope we try to create another story.”Tottenham did rally late on as Leipzig appeared to settle for a narrow win and the hosts came close to equalising with the impressive Giovani Lo Celso curling a free kick against the post and Lucas Moura heading over.But Leipzig were worthy winners and their meteoric rise since being formed 10 years ago should see them gatecrash their way into the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite tournament.“The first 10 minutes were very noisy, very loud. In the end, it was a pleasure to be part of this game,” Nagelsmann, in his first season in charge, told reporters.The first German club to play at Tottenham’s magnificent new stadium were Bayern Munich in October and they marked their visit with a 7-2 humiliation of their hosts.Leipzig, one point behind leaders Bayern in the Bundesliga, attacked the Tottenham defence with similar relish and could have scored three times in the opening three minutes. Also Read: Inter Milan go at top despite being held by AtalantaAlso Watch: Burglars breaks into a house in Lumding, steal 21-tola Gold and cash of Rs 45,000last_img read more


The Latest: NASCAR suspends May 9 race at Martinsville

September 18, 2020

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first_imgThe proceeds will go to Feeding America in the U.S. and Second Harvest in Canada. Both of those organizations work to assist the hungry.Face-covering manufacturers FOCO and Industry Rag will also be amping up charity efforts through sales. They will donate one face covering for every one purchased to the benefiting charities.NBA social responsibility and player programs president Kathy Behrens says the masks will help fans adhere to CDC safety guidelines “while joining in the league’s efforts to aid those who have been directly affected by COVID-19.”___The fourth edition of the Laver Cup exhibition event founded by Roger Federer’s management company is being postponed a year because of changes to the tennis calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic. When NASCAR suspended racing four events into the season, it listed the event in Virginia as its return date. But Virginia is under a stay-at-home order until June 10.NASCAR in a statement said it is considering restarting the season without fans in May. It has privately told teams that NASCAR is hopeful to race May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Coca-Cola 600.“Our intention remains to run all 36 races, with a potential return to racing without fans in attendance in May at a date and location to be determined,” NASCAR said in a statement.___Women’s golf has lost another senior major because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___The governing body of track and field is leading a panel of Olympic sports to advise on safely organizing mass gathering events amid the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics says the Outbreak Prevention Taskforce includes the International Institute for Race Medicine and officials from cycling, rowing, skiing, triathlon and the International Paralympic Committee.They will get input from a member of the World Health Organization’s coronavirus mass gatherings expert group.The panel has its first meeting next week and plans to work with advisers from industry, sponsors and the media. Aims include guidance on risk assessment and how sports can “plan a return to normal activities in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak or similar future situations.” The Latest: NASCAR suspends May 9 race at Martinsville The Senior LPGA Championship has been canceled. It was scheduled to be played July 30-Aug. 1 at French Lick Resort in Indiana.The USGA previously canceled the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.The Senior LPGA will stay at French Lick in 2021. The new dates will be determined later.___The Premier League says it still wants to complete its season. April 17, 2020 An employee of Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact has tested positive for COVID-19.The team made the announcement Wednesday and said the employee had mild symptoms for a few days is doing well. The person has been placed in quarantine.Montreal did not specify whether the employee was a player or another member of the team’s staff. The Impact said it is the only confirmed case of the novel coronavirus within the organization so far.___The NBA and WNBA say they plan to sell cloth face coverings bearing team and league logos and that all proceeds generated by the league will go to charity. Associated Press center_img ___The BMW International Open in Germany and the Open de France golf tournaments have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Scottish Open has been postponed.The BMW International Open was to be played in Munich from June 25-28 and the Open de France was scheduled to take place a week later.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has banned large public gatherings in the country through August 31 and the French government has done the same until mid-July.The Scottish Open was scheduled to be played from July 9-12. Discussions on a rescheduled date are ongoing. It now will be at TD Garden in Boston from Sept. 24-26, 2021.The original dates were Sept. 25-27 this year.But the French Open moved its start from May to Sept. 20 a month ago. That means the Grand Slam tournament would have overlapped with the Laver Cup. The exhibition tournament has attracted some of the top players in men’s tennis in the past.Federer called the announcement of the Laver Cup date change “unfortunate” and “disappointing” but also “the right thing to do for everyone concerned.”Tickets already purchased will be valid in 2021 or can be refunded. The league held a call with all 20 soccer clubs but provided no specifics about its plan to resume. The competition was suspended more than a month ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league only says it discussed “possible scheduling models” and that “it remains our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.”The league says it will only restart “with the full support of the government” and when “medical guidance allows.”Liverpool holds a 25-point lead at the top of the standings with nine games remaining.___ ___Former Leeds defender Norman Hunter has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 76.Leeds says Hunter was admitted to the hospital last week and died on Friday.Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds and also played 28 times for England. He was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad and earned the nickname “Bites Yer Legs” because of his tough tackling.Hunter also won two league titles and the FA Cup with Leeds. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___NASCAR has suspended its May 9 race at Martinsville Speedway and did not give an indication on when the season will resume. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more


The Latest: Spain players’ association says privacy violated

September 18, 2020

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first_imgThe Latest: Spain players’ association says privacy violated Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Spain’s association of soccer players has complained about the publication of the identity of an Atlético Madrid defender who tested positive for COVID-19. Aulas had argued fervently for it to be completed in late August with a playoff system, but with PSG staying the champion given its large lead before play was stopped.Lyon’s women’s team reached the French Cup semifinals before women’s matches were canceled.___The president of France Galop says horse racing will resume in France on Monday. Édouard de Rothschild tweeted that “the resumption of races is accepted” and thanked the French government for allowing it to go ahead. France is coming out of lockdown on Monday amid the coronavirus epidemic, with the nation confined since March 17.Races will be held at the famed Longchamp Racecourse in western Paris, which hosts the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the first weekend of October, and at Compiègne in northern France.___Watford chairman Scott Duxbury says at least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season.Duxbury says “there is no altruism in the Premier League” and that “there are 20 different vested interests, which sometimes align but more often than not work purely to protect each individual club.” Spanish media reported Friday that Atlético’s Renan Lodi had tested positive for coronavirus. On Saturday, Atlético posted a message on an official club social media channel with a picture of the Brazilian. The message said: “Renan Lodi says hello from his home. We will see you very soon on the field, Renan!”The players’ association said in a statement Saturday that the revelation of Lodi’s identity violated Spanish law protecting his privacy.“The legislation in our country makes it clear that under normal circumstances a company cannot obligate a worker who is on medical leave to make public his or her illness,” the association said.It is not clear how Lodi’s name was first reported.Over the last week professional soccer players in Spain have been allowed to return to their clubs for individual training while waiting for the competition to restart at a still to be determined date. ___Canada’s gymnastics federation laid off 70% of its staff this week. The organization’s chief executive officer hopes the emergency funding announced Friday by the federal government allows him to recall people soon. “It’s harsh. This hasn’t been a pleasant week,” Ian Moss told The Canadian Press on Friday. “I would love to be able to phone some of our staff tomorrow and say ‘you’re back.’” Canada’s amateur sports system will receive nearly $52 million to alleviate the financial pain from the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletes whose monthly Sport Canada checks are affected by the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 also receive financial aid. May 9, 2020 The Canadian Football League, soccer’s Canadian Premier League and the Canadian Elite Basketball League have asked for millions in relief, but professional leagues were not eligible in the latest funding. ___The president of French soccer club Lyon says players in the men’s and women’s teams all tested negative for the coronavirus.The squads were tested by club doctors at Lyon’s training center and “there were no positive cases,” Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas told regional newspaper Le Progrès.The men’s French league was canceled with 10 rounds of matches remaining amid coronavirus concerns, with Paris Saint-Germain declared champion and Lyon finishing outside the European places in seventh. Ahead of Monday’s crunch meeting of topflight clubs, the Hornets have joined Brighton and Aston Villa in making clear their opposition to the current “Project Restart” plans.With nine rounds left, Watford is 17th in the league and looking to fight off relegation amid a challenging backdrop brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.Duxbury says “some clubs are happy to sign up to ‘Project Restart’ because arguably there is only an upside in participating in this compromised format. It means Liverpool can win the title, other clubs can book their place in Europe next season or potentially fight their way up the table from a position of safety.” But he adds “when at least six clubs – and I suspect more – are concerned about the clear downside and the devastating effects of playing in this kind of distorted nine-game mini-league, then I believe the Premier League has a duty of care to address those concerns.”___ Associated Press More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more


Boys lacrosse Bees win twice, get even with Liverpool

September 17, 2020

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first_img Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys lacrosse Twice this spring, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team found itself on the wrong end of decisions against Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division foes, but has managed to avenge both of those defeats.First, the Bees did so against Fayetteville-Manlius in April. Then, in last Thursday’s game at Liverpool, B’ville prevailed 12-8 to get even with the Warriors for a home defeat to them a few weeks earlier.That April 16 game had ended up 13-12 in Liverpool’s favor, with B’ville rallying from an 8-5 halftime deficit to lead at the end of the third quarter, only to have the Warriors outscore them 3-1 down the stretch to pull it out.The rematch would not have the Bees fall behind again. With its attack in top form, B’ville raced out to a 6-3 edge by the time the first quarter was done, and the margin grew to 8-4 by halftime.For the rest of the game, the Warriors found itself in a chase where it didn’t let the Bees move away from them, yet could not string together the run it needed to make things tense late.Spencer Wirtheim augmented his pair of goals with five assists, leading a well-balanced B’ville attack. Brendan Wilcox got three goals, with Austin Bolton, Mike Tangredi and Adam Davis getting two goals apiece. Connor Steria had the other goal.Dan Stehle made 11 saves, frustrating the Warriors, who had Jake McGowan land five assists as Kyle Caves got three goals and two assists. Brendan Mancuso had two goals as Devin Dewane and Cade Clouthier also scored, Liam O’Neil finishing with 15 saves.Before this, B’ville had handled Syracuse City 20-6 last Tuesday night, almost of the damage done during a stunning second quarter where the Bees buried the Cougars with 11 unanswered goals.Wirtheim dished out six assists to go with scoring twice. Davis and Noah Ravas each had three goals and two assists, with Bolton getting three goals and one assist.Wilcox Tangredi and Casey Scott notched two goals apiece, with Steria, Jake Walsh, Connor Steria and Cameron Slink netting single goals.Starting with Cicero-North Syracuse and West Genesee, B’ville plays four times in seven days to close out the regular season, also meeting Webster Thomas on Saturday and Vestal on May 13.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more


Krautman’s status in question for Wagner

September 17, 2020

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first_imgSyracuse was left with a handful of players banged up after its 48-27 loss to Northwestern on Saturday.Tight end Beckett Wales missed the entire second half. Quarterback Drew Allen came out with most of the first-team offense for the final drive after being hit hard on an interception.Ryan Norton also replaced Ross Krautman, and the kicker’s apparent injury is the one that head coach Scott Shafer is most concerned about.“We’ve got a couple guys that I think are going to be fine,” Shafer said. “The one I’m waiting on is Ross Krautman.”Shafer was asked specifically about Wales, who was walking around with a boot on his left foot on Monday, but didn’t address the tight end’s health specifically.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Wales and Krautman missed time in training camp — Krautman with a confirmed groin injury — and the kicker missed an extra point on Saturday.“He’s got an injury he’s had for a long time,” Shafer said, “and we’re waiting to hear back exactly where we’ll stand with him.” Comments Published on September 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


SparkSC hosts first all-woman makeathon

September 17, 2020

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first_imgAthena Lim | Daily TrojanApproximately 50 female USC students passionate about engineering, coding, design and architecture gathered at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism for the University’s first all-women makeathon this weekend.SparkSC and the Annenberg Innovation Lab collaborated to host the event, “Break to Make,” in an effort to cultivate the talents of women in engineering at USC. The weekend consisted of brainstorming, building, talks from industry professionals, workshops and competitions.At the makeathon, students brainstormed and built a project based on a given challenge over a 24-hour period. Toward the end, they pitched their ideas to industry professionals and other participants.Event committee lead Mimi Tran Zambetti, a sophomore majoring in arts, technology and the business of innovation, initially helped create this event because of her experiences prior to attending USC. In high school, Zambetti attended an all-girls school and competed on the robotics team, which fostered her interest in maker culture and the creation of tangible objects through technology. Zambetti said she hoped to continue her passion in making when she moved to college.“Coming here to USC, to a very male-dominated entrepreneur space, it was really important for me to figure out a way to break ground for women to connect in personal settings and more maker- and hardware-orientated stuff,” Zambetti said. “This is a space where women can come in to learn new skills like 3-D printing and to work with each other on a project, all within two days.”At this makeathon, students had the opportunity to attend hands-on workshops with 3-D design and 3-D printing tools. They also were able to use a tool called Arduino, a microcontroller used to develop projects such as smart houses, Zambetti said. Students also used five printers from MakerBot and UltiMaker to practice prototyping and creating a tangible object within a short amount of time.The event included guest speakers like Sheila Tejada, a USC professor of computer science.“She’s really passionate about women in making and getting younger girls in high school involved in making small projects and being introduced into the field early on,” Zambetti said. “It’s really gratifying to me that people give up time that they’d spend studying for exams or hanging out with friends to come for a really big time commitment to essentially build a project.”Athena Lim | Daily TrojanTo kick off the building component, students were given a project brief in four different categories. One category focused on solving problems in the community in regards to basic human needs. While the education category encouraged students to brainstorm how to make the classroom experience more engaging, the third category, communications, was created in partnership with the Annenberg Innovation Lab to explore the future of media and technological advancements. The final category was an open design challenge for participants interested in making industrial designs beyond the other three categories.Final projects included everything from programmed bugs that could locate natural disaster survivors to a food pantry sensor.“Our team created a project that is meant to be put in a pantry,” said Maegan Chew, a freshman majoring in computer engineering and computer science. “It senses when the pantry is out of food items and then updates a web page afterwards. We created this project because we wanted to make something simple and helpful with the available technology that we had.”Once the teams were done brainstorming and building, the projects were then pitched to three judges: Kate McAndrew from Bolt, Noramay Cadena from Make in LA and Tracy Van Houten from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The projects were scored based on aesthetics, functionality, efficiency and clarity in addressing the challenge.“From the event, I learned to value others’ ideas,” said Rabia Ghulam-Ali, a freshman majoring in computer science. “I also understood that collaboration is essential if one wants to be successful in engineering. I personally enjoyed the 3-D printing workshop because I got to use Fusion360, which is a CAD program that allows you to create solid objects.”Zambetti hopes that the women who participated in the makeathon got a deeper understanding of the challenges of the making process. Through this experience, she also hopes that the women feel more encouraged to get involved in the STEM community to help cultivate brighter futures for other aspiring female engineers.last_img read more


Hoffarth: Vin Scully always made it personal

August 26, 2020

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A note from 2006 says: “I am fully aware that the wolves are getting closer to my campfire and at this stage of my life is extremely important to me.” It was likely a result of giving him a No. 1 position, again, in our annual play-by-play rankings of local broadcasters.“It was trust well placed, many thanks,” says one more.No idea about the context of that one, except that there were many times he confided about something that helped bring an understanding about a situation on background but was not meant for publication. Scully had the trust of many writers who followed the team for decades and as a result, maybe we felt some obligation to be protective of his well being.He got some criticism, as did the other Dodgers broadcasters, about how they skirted talking about the pending MLB strike in 1981. He would, like any human, mix a name and a date, or perhaps miss a play, probably because he was reading a note.There was the 2009 book, “Pull Up A Chair,” by noted baseball broadcast historian Curt Smith, which resulted in a column explaining Smith’s intentions as well as Scully’s reservations, which had put the project on hold for several years.Scully said it was a “very helpless feeling” to have the book done – and again, he deflected it by saying he was disappointed because he had turned down requests by local writers. “Now all my pals I turned down will think less of me. … It’s a terrible feeling when your life doesn’t belong to you. Very, very sad.”As we struggled with that, we noticed Jon Weisman posted a comment on his DodgersThoughts.com blog at the time: “I wish those weren’t Vin’s feelings on the matter, but he wouldn’t be Vin if they weren’t, would he?”• The first time I got to do a real sit-down interview with him in person was maybe 30 years ago, and it fell on an Easter Sunday, right before Opening Day – both days very special for him.In the Dodger Stadium media dining room, we did the Q and A as we both ate breakfast. I ran out of questions and did not want to bother him any longer, but as I was ready to leave him, and he just said, “Hey, stay around … Let’s keep talking. Just two regular guys talking.”What’s regular about this? I couldn’t comprehend that sentence. So I sat there stunned as he continued to ask about me, my family, whatever else was going on that Easter.It was a reminder for all of us to stay in the moment, don’t stick to a plan, be flexible and always listen. Those precious moments when the world suddenly becomes so personal when you least expect it.• It was a Wednesday afternoon day game – August 28, 2013 – and I happened to be in the press box to talk to some people. I had with me a copy of a couple of stories I had done recently – one on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and how former USC basketball coach George Raveling had that original copy of it. Another on Sean Burroughs and the 25th anniversary of the Long Beach Little League World Series title.I saw Vin hours before the game and for some reason I gave him the newspapers because, knowing his sense of history, I thought he’d enjoy them. I left the stadium shortly thereafter and went home to work, turning the game on the TV as background noise while on the computer.Then I heard him say my name.In the top of the seventh inning, Scully had thanked this “fine writer” for “allowing him” to read these stories, and proceeded to incorporate them into the telecast somehow. It was a 1-2-3 inning where the Dodgers relief pitcher set the Cubs down in order, but somehow he picked out the most interesting nuggets from each piece, added some of his own reflection and amazement, and thanked me again on the air, again for “allowing him” to read those stories before the game.I found out later that after Scully read both stories during his lunch before the game, he came looking for me in the press box to return the copies of the stories, but I had left. As if I was loaning them to him.• He called me back at home one day, and I recall answering it in the kitchen on one of those phones attached to the wall with the long elastic coiled cords. Right about then, my daughter, maybe 2 years old at the time, dropped something and it had rolled under a cabinet, causing her to make a sizeable fuss.I couldn’t quite stretch the phone cord while trying to talk to Vin as well as search for the lost object … and Vin could hear her in the background.“Tell her Uncle Vinny says hello and everything will be OK,” he said.My daughter is 25 now. He is still “Uncle Vin” to her.• Sharing the sacred space of a Catholic Mass with Scully at Dodger Stadium before a Sunday home game can’t be described.After this last Mass, before Scully’s final home game, I asked Kevin O’Malley, the Catholic Athletes for Christ MLB ministry coordinator, if he thought how things would be different in our lives if Scully had got the calling to be a priest long ago in his upbringing.“He’d be a Cardinal by now,” said O’Malley.Ponder that the next time you watch the movie, “St. Vincent.”• As a lifetime member of the Vin Scully Marching and Chowder Society, we slept with the transistor radio under the pillow back in the 1960s to hear not just to him wrap up another Dodgers call on KFI, but also read the scores from around the league. It was a way to get information before the next day’s paper arrived.We’d wake up sometimes past midnight to hear a show called Chuck Cecil and “The Swingin’ Years” playing, and know it was time to turn off the radio to save the precious battery.We keep a transistor radio on our desk today, kind of a retro-looking thing, and it often goes on during the early innings of a Dodger game. If the roar of the crowd makes Scully admit that for a split second, he turns 8 years old again, his tin-sounding voice coming out of that contraption flashes back to our own “Wonder Years.”We’ll do it again on Sunday, and keep it on all nine innings. Like the old days.• We may all be at different stages of this grieving process, and it’s only human to start tearing up wondering about where that comforting voice will go. Scully has shown us the classiest way to exit, and that’s no surprise. He learned from Johnny Carson — they shared the same agent, the late Ed Hookstratten, and the comparisons are spot on.Scully’s most famous line when annually asked about his retirement over the last decade-plus was to say: If you want to make God smile, tell him your plans.Scully stuck to this retirement plan, and God is still smiling. And so are we.More memories from Scully’s friends in the media continues in a series at www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarth. Hoffarth will appear on the KNBC-Channel 4 show, “Going Roggin,” to talk more about Scully’s legacy on Sunday at midnight. It’s been our privilege to give space to so many in the media to share their Vin Scully stories over the last couple of weeks.Now, we’ll see what we can come up with from our reservoir as we steady ourselves for Sunday’s last call.• Some writers recently have talked about how much it has meant to them to have a handwritten Scully thank you note land in their mailbox.Not an email. A real letter, on stationery, in blue ink. In soon-to-be-extinct cursive writing.center_img We extracted about a half dozen of them secured in a zip-locked bag, tucked away in a file, poignant to no end, cryptic in some ways as they relate to a conversation or a note in the newspaper that has little reference point now.These golden tickets mark different points in our career that also put on display Scully’s class, and the importance of having things in writing.“I look forward to seeing you blossom into an extremely talented writer,” he ended one note to me from 24 years ago.We can’t be sure that actually happened in the last quarter century, but that kind of affirmation from someone who had a Hall of Fame career has to bring some validity.Apparently, it worked both ways.last_img read more