"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
It's been too long coming, but I need to pen this: As a fellow sports guy I was saddened to hear of the passing of Brad LaBrie, the Peninsula Daily News' venerable sports editor.
LaBrie died on Aug. 31.
He had been in the critical care unit since Aug. 19, when he was taken to the hospital by ambulance after collapsing while leaving a Port Angeles restaurant.
LaBrie was the PDN's sports guru for 15 years, covering the area's high school and Peninsula College sports and offering perspectives in his occasional columns with wit and wry humor.
“He particularly paid attention to the smaller sports, and he made sure all the teams got in-depth coverage … and if you won a title, you got a banner headline,” John Brewer, PDN publisher and editor, wrote in a PDN article that ran following LaBrie's death.
“High school sports is how many in our community mark time, and few marked it like Brad LaBrie as he wrote about players' thrills and failures and the teams' wins and losses," Brewer wrote.
LaBrie was 63. He is survived by his wife, Sidra Johansen. The couple made their home in Port Angeles.
Bad and I were not friends per se. We were often at the same event, mulling around on the sidelines awaiting a particular athlete or coach to finish whatever they were doing to make their way over to us. He always had this crazy style of writing that looked like poor renditions of ink blot tests in his notebook … but the next day that quote was perfect, right there in print. Impressive stuff.
And so life goes on. PDN staffer Lee Horton takes over as the new sports editor, and he's doing a fine job. He's got some sizable shoes to fill.