I began at the Press on June 30, 1969 covering high school sports.
It basically ends today with this column.
I had been considering retirement and when the Post-Gazette offered a generous buyout, my mind, after some debate, was made up.
What a wonderful career it has been. I've been on the front line of sports history, Pittsburgh and otherwise.
In a way it almost feels sad to see Smizik fading away, he's certainly been no friend to the blogger, and personally we haven't agreed with many of his stances, but his voice has been out there and it's been relevant for a long time.
What a fine time to be on the Pittsburgh sports scene from 1969 to the present, one couldn't ask for a better time to be covering a city, we think. Clemente, Stargell, all the Steelers of the 1970s, Cowher, Bettis, Bonds, Leyland, Lemieux, Jagr, Crosby, Malkin and so many more. What a ride indeed.
But if this opens up more opportunities for people at the PG like Seth Rorabaugh, then, at the end of the day, maybe this is a good thing.
(hat-tip to the Pensblog)