John Iaboni's chance meeting with fellow Toronto Sun Day Oners Andy Donato and David Cooper in Florida recently has motivated him to offer his organizational skills for a 40th anniversary gathering.
The former Sun sports writer has a proposal and is asking for feedback from current and former Toronto Sun employees. He can be reached by e-mail here.
This is what John has in mind:
"I've been thinking of organizing a small committee in which we could have an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Sun.
"I'm thinking of gathering at a downtown hotel for a dinner or even a luncheon. Anyone of the surviving 62 originals, their families and other Sun staffers would be the target.
"It's not a freebie, but an event where we'd sell tickets to cover the costs. I know if Doug were still around that wouldn't be a concern, but we certainly can't afford to cover it. Tickets would have to be prepaid, not available at the door.
"Your (TSF) blog site would be vital in us reaching as many people that might be interested. I organize the Sports Media Canada Awards luncheon each year at the Royal York Hotel and perhaps I could see about arranging something there since I have a contact there with awareness of their menus.
"The Old Mill, which was also another site that hosted Sun events way back when, might be another consideration."
John is the first TSF member to step up to the plate with a proposal as the Toronto Sun's 40th anniversary countdown continues.
A committee to get the ball rolling would be a good start.