No sports, Phil Pash this week

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Due to the sudden resignation of veteran sports and outdoors columnist Phil Pash, regular columns “Phil Pash’s World of Wheels,” “Phil Pash’s Simply Sports,” “Phil Pash’s Great Outdoors,” “Phil Pash’s Sports Notes,” and “My Sweetie the Car” will not appear in this week’s Section B.

Pash began writing for The Rock River Times in January 2002. He was the driving force behind the development of the sports and outdoors sections. He resigned June 24 after The Rock River Times was notified he had plagiarized portions of a Beloit Daily News article.

The Rock River Times plans to continue to build both the sports and outdoors sections in the same tradition that Pash had started, although it may be some weeks before the restructuring is complete. Some regular items, such as “My Sweetie the Car,” “Upcoming car shows, cruises,” and “The Danica Watch” will continue in future issues, although they may take on a different form. In the meantime, The Rock River Times regrets any inconvenience this restructuring may cause readers, and welcomes comments and suggestions for both sections.

Pash’s career spanned more than 50 years, including stints with the Freeport Journal-Standard, Rockford Morning Star/Rockford Register Star, Chicago Today, New York Times, Associated Press and The Rock River Times. He was well regarded within the industry, and, in particular, within the motor sports and outdoors arenas. Among his many credits, Pash was one of the first to interview Indy Racing League phenom and former Roscoe resident Danica Patrick when she was just a child. Over the years, he also covered many historical sporting events, including the Indianapolis 500.

Pash wrote in his farewell column in Section A this week:

“[T]his presents a good opportunity to tell you this will be my last round of columns for The Rock River Times. Fifty years of writing for newspapers is quite enough, thank you.

“It’s not because of the Beloit paper complaining to TRRT Editor and Publisher Frank Schier. No, I’ve been thinking about calling it a career for a while now. This is just a good time.”

Pash also thanked readers for following his work for a half-century.

From the June 29-July 5, 2005, issue

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