In a heartbreak story for journalism and the world in general, news emerged Thursday night that star New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid, the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, died in Syria after suffering an asthma attack.
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He also was an unabashed Packers fan, and he told his story in the Jan. 30, 2011 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
From the story:
For a fan, though, loyalty is never about wins and losses. It's about being there, and from thousands of miles away I managed to be, by way of a breathtakingly expensive satellite phone that brought me the radio broadcast.
"You're not going to believe the phone bill," my bureau chief, as alarmed as he was unknowing, declared to me right around the time the Packers had a 4-4 record.
I looked at him, shaking my head in insincere sympathy.
"Can they tell which computer ran up the bill?" I asked.
Good thing for Shadid, who probably wouldn’t have stopped using the satellite phone, anyway.
But this is a good reminder to never underestimate the power of sports. As Shadid wrote, he brought the Packers around the world with him, and they gave him so much joy even as he encountered the dangers of his job.
With Shadid's death, the world has lost a splendid journalist. And the Packers have lost one of their biggest fans.
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