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Fox News First coverage of
sports icon Dan Cook dies
Web Posted: 07/03/2008
11:05 PM CDT
San Antonio Express-News
Dan Cook, a San Antonio legend whose career
as a sports columnist and broadcaster spanned more than a half-century, died
Thursday after a long illness. He was 81.
Insightful, humorous, colorful and brutally honest, Cook
spent 57 years in the newspaper business — 51 of those at the San Antonio
Express-News — interviewing sports’ greatest legends, from Joe Louis and Jack
Dempsey to Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Tom Landry.
Cook joined the Express-News on Aug. 14, 1952, as a copy
editor and writer, and became an award-winning columnist and sports editor for
the Evening News.
He was executive sports editor of the Express-News from
1960-75, when he became a full-time columnist.
In addition to print journalism, Cook worked as a
sportscaster at KENS-TV for 44 years, from 1956-2000. It was there in 1978
that Cook uttered the famous phrase, “The opera ain’t over till the fat lady
sings,” which is listed in Bartlett’s “Familiar Quotations.” He later said he
first used the phrase in a column about two years before.
The two jobs helped to create a macho, yet fatherly image
that, coupled with his folksy, shoot-from-the-hip style, made him a South
“When they write the final history of San Antonio
newspapering, his name will be up at the top,” said Frank A. Bennack Jr., CEO
of the Hearst Corp., vice chairman of the board of directors and chairman of
the executive committee.
Bennack was editor and
publisher of the San Antonio Light from 1967-75, during an era when there were
two daily newspapers in town. He said he made frequent efforts to recruit Cook
from the Express-News because of the loyal following Cook enjoyed all across
“I finally had to buy the (Express-News) to get him,”
Bennack quipped. “Readers loved him. Audiences loved him. He was the genuine
Former Express-News editor and publisher Charles Kilpatrick,
who knew Cook for m
than 50 years, said his good friend exuded authority.
“People believed that if Dan Cook said it, it must be true,”
Kilpatrick said. “And he wrote in such a way that everyone understood what he
was talking about.”
Cook’s pseudonymous Benjamin P. Broadhind character, a
fast-talking, barroom bettor who served as Cook’s alter ego, became a reader
favorite. Kilpatrick said Cook made Broadhind so lifelike, many people thought
he was a real person.
Cook’s opinions often would get him into trouble. He didn’t
always say or write what was politically correct. As a result, especially in
his early years at the paper, he often received hate mail accusing him of
being a racist.
Kilpatrick said he never tried to censor Cook, who came to
represent the voice of the common man and average fan.
And Cook wasn’t afraid to criticize. In a column during
Roger Maris’ quest to break Babe Ruth’s home-run record in 1961, he ripped the
New York Yankees slugger as “a brooding, immature crybaby who would have been
run out of baseball by the sharp-tongued bench jockeys of Ruth’s day.”
Cook had no explanation for his longevity.
“I’ve never figured it out,” he once said. “All I know is I
outworked a lot of people. I thought they’d fire me after about three years,
and probably should have.”
A book, “The Best of Dan Cook: Collected Columns from 1956
to 1990,” was published in 2001. The first printing of 5,280 copies sold out
in less than a month.
Cook’s work habits still are the stuff of legend around the
Express-News Sports Department. Former sports editor Barry Robinson, now the
newsroom’s director of administration and recruitment, was hired by Cook in
Then, Cook was writing six columns a week, delivering two
sportscasts a day at KENS-TV (in those days the TV station was owned by the
newspaper and KENS stood for Express-News Station) and doing two daily radio
commentaries, in addition to his duties as sports editor.
Robinson marveled at Cook’s output, calling it “nearly super
As for Cook’s popularity, Robinson had a simple explanation.
“He was going to be the same around Darrell Royal as he was
the beer vendor at the ballpark,” Robinson said, referring to the legendary
former football coach of the Texas Longhorns. “Everybody loved Dan.”
Cook had a chance to go to Chicago and be a syndicated
columnist, Robinson recalls, but stayed because of the “love affair” he had
with the public in San Antonio.
“I think Dan knew it was a special relationship,” Robinson
said, “one that could never happen anywhere else.”
The stories about Cook — as well as Cook’s stories — are as
legendary as the man himself.
Blackie Sherrod, who retired in 2003 as sports columnist at
the Dallas Morning News after 60 years in journalism, was perhaps Cook’s best
friend in the business. He and Cook were part of a breed of sportswriter that
lived for the big game and big event, then went to their favorite watering
hole afterward to relive it all.
They helped to form the “Geezers Club” that met once a year
in Dallas and included such newspaper icons as Edwin Pope of the Miami Herald
and Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Sherrod said Cook was always the life of the party and his
keen wit never failed to make him laugh.
One of his favorite Cook stories came when the two were
covering the Kentucky Derby one year. He said prior to the race, a friend of
theirs approached Cook, an avid bettor, and asked him about one of his
daughters. She wanted to know where he planned to send her to college.
“It all depends on who wins this race,” Cook said.
Cook is survived by his wife, Katy; daughter Marie Gian and
her husband, Mike, of Rockport; son Danny Cook and his wife, Laura, of San
Antonio; daughter Alice Ann Ashton and her fiancé, Doug Beauchamp, of San
Antonio; and three grandchildren, Brad Gian, Dani Parker and Britney Ashton.
David Edwards 1987-2008
Former Madison football player paralyzed in 2003 dies at 20
Web Posted: 02/28/2008
San Antonio Express-News
Bracing for the worst and praying for the best, the mother of paralyzed
former Madison High School football player David Edwards reflected on her son's
life as it flickered late Wednesday morning.
"I don't know what the outcome of this will be, but if God takes my baby
home, I'll be OK with that," Faye Stanton said. "He won't be in a wheelchair
anymore and he'll be in heaven."
Stanton paused briefly before continuing.
"My human side, though, wants my baby back at home," she said. "And I don't
care if he's in a wheelchair."
Edwards, who had been in critical condition since slipping into a coma Monday
night, died less than two hours later at Northeast Methodist Hospital. He would
have turned 21 on Saturday.
Edwards, a quadriplegic since he was injured while making a tackle in a 2003
playoff game, had battled pneumonia and other respiratory problems since the
He stopped breathing shortly after going to bed Monday night. His mother and
a neighbor performed CPR on him before paramedics arrived at the family's
Northeast Side home.
The paramedics revived Edwards before transporting him to Northeast
Methodist, but Stanton said the complications of the pneumonia were too much for
her son to overcome.
"David's at peace now," Stanton said. "He's not suffering anymore. He was a
gift and an inspiration to everyone he touched. That's what he leaves us."
Cedric Stanton remained with his stepson's body for nearly an hour before
joining the group.
"It's hard to say goodbye but I know he's in a better place," said Stanton,
who married Faye when Edwards was 7. "He was a good young man."
Madison football coach Jim Streety, who visited Edwards one last time
Wednesday morning, maintained a close bond with the former standout defensive
back and his family.
Edwards is also survived by brothers Devin, 19, and Dhaylen, 1, and sisters
Deira, 16; Deandra, 15; and Shyla, 1.
"It's very hard," Devin said. "We're going to miss him a lot, but he left us
a good example of how to live."
Two of Edwards' former teammates, Tony Dillard and Richard Downs, arrived at
the hospital minutes after he died.
"It just hurts," said Dillard, who graduated from Madison in 2005. "He was
doing so well. This caught everybody off guard. Even after he got hurt, he was
the same old David. He never changed. He always had that big smile."
Edwards, who played safety, was a junior when he severed his spinal cord
while tackling Austin Westlake wide receiver Coy Aune on Nov. 15, 2003.
Coy and his mother, Marci, drove from Austin on Tuesday to visit Edwards and
lend support to his family. Marci Aune said she had painted a birthday poster
for Edwards and planned to mail it Wednesday.
Coy Aune, a senior at Texas, and Edwards became good friends and kept in
touch in the years after that dark afternoon at Neptune Field in Austin.
"It's sad for all of us who knew and loved David," Coy Aune said. "It's tough
to deal with because we're going to miss him. I'm happy in a way, because he's
running around and doing all the things he loved to do before he got hurt, but
I'm losing a great friend."
Aune, who went on to play football at UT, said Edwards was a role model
throughout his struggle with paralysis.
"After you saw the way he handled what he faced every day, it made your
problems seem insignificant," Aune said.
Edwards overcame the challenges of his life-altering injury to graduate with
his class in spring 2005. He attended classes at San Antonio College last year
before illness forced him to withdraw.
Edwards' death was especially tough on Eddie Canales and his family. Canales
co-founded Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Organization in 2003 after his
youngest son, Chris, suffered a paralyzing injury while playing for San Marcos
Baptist Academy in 2001.
Said Chris Canales: "The world lost a good man today. When I'm feeling down,
I always think of David's smile. He will inspire me to go on and he never will
for David Edwards
Edwards was a junior defensive back at Madison High
when he snapped the fourth vertebra in his neck while making a tackle during
a playoff game against Austin Westlake on Nov. 15, 2003.
He graduated from Madison in 2005 and visited the school and attended
athletic events often after the accident. Said Madison basketball coach John
Valenzuela: 'He's a once-in-a-lifetime student who taught us more than we
could ever teach him.'
Edwards died Wednesday afternoon at the age of 20.
Services are set for 4 p.m. Sunday at Littleton Gymnasium. Other
arrangements are pending.
Donations to help the Edwards family can be sent
to Madison High School, 5005 Stahl Road, 78247.
Henry Robert Iglesias
One of The Most Wonderful
Spirits I Have Ever Known
December 15, 2007
My good friend
died early this morning.
I just received a phone call from his wife with the sad news.
He was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year and underwent an
operation that didn't get all of it.
Henry was an outstanding singer, songwriter, musician. He was an even greater
friend. His friendship and love were unconditional. When I was
broke and homeless in Los Angeles in the early-90's, Henry took me in, gave me
his couch and fed me.
He continues to nourish me spiritually.
Beth and I had booked a flight to go see him the day after Christmas.
Sadly, I'll never see him again - at least not in this world.
His memorial service will be on December 30th, his birthday.
While I grieve, I am also thankful for knowing such an
amazing spirit and having such a true and rare friend.
Henry, I miss you.
I'm sure the Angels are partying with you in Heaven right
now. Save a glass of
The Golden Nectar of The Gods
for me... I'll be there soon.