Robin Harvey, former veteran Toronto Star staffer, has some kind words about Lou Clancy, the Toronto Sun's recently departed editor-in-chief - and a confession.
Robin, former Star reporter, ACE, slot person, copy editor, Deputy Sunday editor, writes:
"Lou was the closest thing to a mentor I ever got in this crazy business. And that is saying a lot for a guy who seemed to be conversationally challenged from a woman who never seemed to shut up.
"But there must be more than a zillion things he did over my career at The Star that directly taught and affected me - all in a quiet, understated way.
"He inspired incredible loyalty and never seemed to get caught up in political bullshit. Maybe it was because we both grew up around Pape and Danforth, but he never needed many words to communicate when I was being hysterical, paranoid - or bang on the mark with any story or call.
"On occasion, he could lose his temper, and 'Lou the bear' would growl my way. But he was quick to apologize and I can only think of three times this happened in more than 15 years working for him in some capacity or another.
"And he was always straight-up fair and honest with me.
"So I have one confession to make.
"Lou, that day the fishing club stole your big fish from your office wall and held it for ransom - the female hand holding the gun to its head in the second ransom demand photo was mine.
Thank you for your e-mail, Robin.
Question is, when and where will Lou resurface in a newsroom?