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August 22, 2013

A Don McCormack column: Two shining stars watching over us

Two years ago yesterday, I found my colleague, a mentor and a dear friend, Karl Pearson, when I broke his door down and could not revive him.

Karl was 58.

As I sit here, immersed in my annual biggest project of the year, wondering where I’m going to find the strength, the hours and the ability to finish it, I think of Karl, remembering the 25 or so times we went through this very thing, though we did so then as a team.

The final thing we did together was the very same project, finishing it together.

I’ll never forget, as he walked out the door and headed for home, I told him, “Thanks, Karl. I appreciate everything you do, I love you, buddy.”

He paused at the door, looked back at me, and said, “I love you, too, Don. This football section is the best thing we’ve ever done during my time here at the Star Beacon.”

With that, he shut the door and headed to his car. For some reason, I stared at the door for a few seconds, pondering what the man who hired me on Nov. 9, 1986, the man who covered me during my high schools as a basketball player at Jefferson, said.

Just now, I find myself staring at that very same door, thinking about not only the 27 years ago we spent together here on the Star Beacon sports desk, but how yours truly, and in full disclosure, these pages, have never been the same.

God Bless you, Karl...

P.S. The photo that appears at the end of this column is Karl with Olympic swimming gold medalist Diana Munz, taken at the Spire Institute by the great Bill West.

It was the last photo ever taken of Karl... and, boy, would he love it!

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