So long and Happy New Year!

This is my last official day, but as I wrote in this column, I might be retiring, but I’m not going away.

I will write a weekly column — first one is due Thursday — and some other stories for The Sun, including a monthly Q&A with a local sports personality. Willie Bloomquist, one of the many athletes I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a bit over the years, will be the subject of that first Q&A.

Jim Stevenson’s and his “golf buddies” wanted to know who the best local athlete I met over the years? Who was the best local athlete? What was my most uncomfortable interview? What’s the saddest story I had to write? What was the most heart-warming story I had to write? Was I ever suckered into writing a story about someone who might not have been credible? What was the sport I was most unfamiliar with that I had to write about?

Those are good questions. I’ll give them some thought and perhaps it’ll turn into a column or blog.

I’ve had some nice responses from a lot of people. On the other hand, I’m sure there’s a lot of people who are happy to see me go. If I didn’t return a phone call or email, I’m sorry. It wasn’t intentional. If I screwed up a story, I’m sorry. If it seemed like we favored one school or another when it came to high school coverage, I will not apologize. I don’t care if you counted the stories and pictures, or measured the number of inches, our staff is not guilty when it comes to favoring one school over another.

I’ve got one last box to load in my truck before riding off into the sunset.

Please stay in touch. If you’ve got story ideas, email me at chuckstark00@gmail.com.

And the good folks at The Sun are gonna let me keep this blog, so you can follow me here, too.

My twitter account’s going to change, but I haven’t gotten around to doing it just yet. When I do, I’ll let you know where you can find me in the twittersphere.

If you see me on the golf course,  at the YMCA knocking the handball around, at a local sporting event or out in the bay trying to catch a fish, stop by and say hello.

Best wishes and Happy New Year!

 

 

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