Carnie's Comments


He reflected, in his final piece in the Regina Leader Post, about landing his first job at the Simcoe Reformer.  He got the gig "with clippings from the University of Waterloo paper and an interest in sports".

43 years later, Murray McCormick, a fixture for decades at football fields, ball parks, curling rinks and arenas across the province, has called it a career.

Murray thanked the sports editor at the Reformer for "taking a chance on a two-fingered typist" all those years ago.

It's Murray who I have to thank for opening the door for me.  I was still in high school when he hired me to work as a part-timer in the sports department at the Moose Jaw Times Herald back in 1982.  He was patient and kind, taking time to offer constructive criticism and valuable tips on how to make my writing better.  He taught me tricks I still use today.

Murray McCormick toiled for three years at the Times Herald before he went on to spend the rest of his illustrious career at the Regina Leader Post.

His farewell column got me right in the feels as I reminisced about my days working with him - my first experience as a real reporter.

Murray's final piece was short and sweet.  It left me wanting more.  And that's exactly what the best writers do.