Back then, we were just a bunch of kid sportswriters covering high school basketball.
Clark Judge was at the Evening Sun, Bernie Miklasz was at the Baltimore News-American, and Bill Glauber, Bryan Burwell and I worked for The Sun.
Bryan died too young this month in St. Louis, where he had been a much admired sports columnist at the Post-Dispatch since 2002. Bryan taught me the ropes here at The Sun, both of us pioneers in a part of the newspaper business that didn't much care for blacks or women.
We all knew Bryan was going places, and he did. He left The Sun not long after I arrived in 1979 and went on to write columns for USA Today and for papers in Detroit and New...