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On Aug. 31, Bob Carr, the wit and vinegar behind Sporting Goods Business’ Daily Dispatch, retired after 37 years of working as a news hound for the trade. Carr has seen it all in the New York trenches, from the glory days to recent years of trial and tribulation. Through it all, Carr has been a shining example of what it means to work a room, ferret out news by developing relationships, and bust the chops of those in the sporting goods world that deserve to have a written barb tossed their way from time-to-time. Sometimes acerbic, often witty, always connected, Carr was an old school newsman to the end — just as at home on a bar stool with a notebook in hand as he was behind a computer terminal pounding out a story for deadline. Few could walk into a crowded room full of sporting goods executives and work it from wall-to-wall like Carr.
Beyond his skills as a newsman, though, Carr will be remembered by those on our team, a number of whom worked with Carr “back in the day,” as a man with a heart of gold, who’d give you the suit jacket off his back if you needed it. So, please, join us in a virtual toast, holding a beverage of your choice, and raise a glass to Bob Carr. You’ll be missed in the newsroom, Bob.