The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


January 10, 2014

A Don McCormack column: A couple long-distance dedications

Paying another visit to the variety store...

Philling it up

The centerpiece of Monday’s sports section that featured longtime basketball and football official Phil Garcia prompted a couple of nice messages from Loyal Readers.

They were moved to send some thoughts after reading about Garcia, whose “real” job is owning and operating his own business, Phil’s Catering.

Joe Miller, who served as the second sports editor in Star Beacon history, wrote from his home in Hilton, N.Y.

“As a former sports editor of the Star Beacon, my years as a teacher at Ashtabula High School (1959-64) and having been born and raised in Ashtabula, I manage to click on the Star Beacon online and just read articles about the ‘old home town,’” he said. “I just finished reading your fine article on Phil Garcia and as I read it, I wondered if Phil was related to my former good friend, Andy Garcia of Conneaut High School fame and his wonderful wife, Rose.

“When I came across the references to them, I was even more pleased with your article.”

Miller remembered a pair of Conneaut legends.

 “Andy and his fellow coaching great, Elmer Peaspanen, were two of my favorite ‘greats’ because at that time I worked on the Conneaut News-Herald,” he said. “They both made me a better sports writer.

 “Thank you for the memories!”

The other letter that showed up in my inbox came from Bill Fails, the retired Conneaut athletic director, now spending the winter in Clearwater Beach, with his wife, Linda.

“Great article about Phil Garcia,” Fails wrote. “He really helped me out, many times, back in the day!”

Fails appreciates Garcia’s 41 years as a basketball official.

“He’s been a tireless worker for years,” he said. “He was due some credit.”

He mentioned the recent cold spell we survived here hit the Sunshine State, as well.

“(It was) cold here, too... (in the) 30’s for two nights,” he said. “But, it will be 75 to 80 this weekend.”

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