Former APSE presidents shared memories of one of the organization’s founders, Ed Storin, who died last month at age 92. He served as the organization’s longtime treasurer, was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2010, and is the only person to win both APSE’s Red Smith Award, in 1992, for excellence in sports journalism, and the Jack Berninger Award, in 2019, for meritorious service to APSE.
“Ed was my first boss, at the Miami Herald, and for better or worse made an incredible impact on me, professionally and personally. And I was fortunate enough to call him friend.”
— John Rawlings, APSE president 1990-91
“One of the giants in the industry, one of the best men I’ve ever known … and he was gigantic in APSE.”
— Jeff Wohler, APSE president 1991-92
“Ed was a wonderful man. A great professional and a man of incredible impact to our business. Ed blessed us all.”
— Steve Doyle, APSE president 1989-90
“He was APSE. He was the sort of strong, principled leader you did not want to disappoint. I wonder where the organization would be today without his dogged attention to its finances.
“I always strived to make him proud. He’ll be missed.”
— Bill Eichenberger, APSE president, 2003-04
“One of the all-time greats. A wonderful guy who you feared when you joined the organization and grew to respect the longer you were active in it. And if you were lucky enough to be president, Ed was a wise advisor. Just a really good man. God rest him.”
— Jerry Micco, APSE president 2004-05
“If there was ever somebody who deserved to live forever, it was Ed. What a wonderful man … and what a huge influence he had in sports journalism, an influence so important to all of us. I am bummed out.”
— Bill Dwyre, APSE president 1988-89
“Ed was a great editor and, somehow, a better friend. My family has vacationed on Hilton Head since the early ‘90s, and Ed and Ginny became the most gracious, wonderful hosts of their island house and its environs with whom my wife, Judy, and I would break bread each year.
“Ed and I would also golf each year on Hilton Head (and a couple times in New England) — often with Dave Smith — and talk about the past, present and future of sports journalism. There was no more passionate lover of good journalism than Ed.
“Man, will I miss him.”
— Don Skwar, APSE president 2001-02
“I never worked for Ed, but his legendary ‘Got a minute,’ was always a sign you were about to get taken to the woodshed.
“Even though I was president of APSE, I feared crossing Ed with the knowledge that he knew more than I did. But yet, his vision and knowledge always led you in the smart direction. He knew what APSE needed more than APSE did.
“My wife Lynn and I visited Ed and Ginny in Hilton Head and couldn’t have come across more gracious hosts. There was such joy in how they lived their retirement years.
“Perhaps the only thing Ed ever failed at is picking the ponies with Van McKenzie and myself. But of the three of us, Ed was always the most conservative bettor and always the guy we knew could pay for a ride home if we needed it. Ed was about fun, but with moderation.”
— John Cherwa, APSE president 2002-03
“Ed opened a big door for me when he asked me to join The Miami Herald sports desk.
“I owe him a lot. … He dished acerbic critiques and lavish praise, and we were the better for it. We always knew where we stood with him. And we learned by example. Eddie set the standard for detailed planning.
“All that came back to me when Vickie and I had a chance to see Eddie and Ginny a couple weeks ago. It was obvious he wasn’t doing well, but he recalled with enthusiasm some of the folks whose skills and approach to the job he particularly admired. Names like (Edwin) Pope, (Al) Tays, (Christine) Brennan came up. As we were leaving, Eddie said, ‘We have so many more people to talk about.’
“We agreed to get together again, soon. That won’t happen. But I’ll be forever grateful to him, and glad I had the opportunity to tell him one last time how much he meant to me.”
— Paul Anger, APSE president 1994-95
Eddie was my hero. He was a model for all sports editors. He was respected and admired as one of the best in the profession. My first real job (Miami News) was competing against him. And even though we were both strong competitors, it opened the door to a long-lasting friendship. Studie and I attended Storin’s 50th wedding anniversary and I was so looking forward to celebrating the upcoming 70th. I will truly miss him.
— Dave Smith, APSE’s first president (1974-76) and a co-founder