One of the first people I came across when I arrived at the Observer-Reporter a couple weeks into the 1999 football season was Valley Independent sports editor Brian Herman. The moment happened during an Upper St. Clair at Ringgold football game, a game were Jeremy Cole led the Rams to a 35-0 win (I think).
I had only been at the O-R for a few days, and Herman already told me I was doing a good job. That's something he continued to tell me over the years, and coming from someone with a vast knowledge of local sports and deep roots in the business, it was always appreciated.
After 45-plus years of sports coverage, Herman retired.
For his farewell column, click here.
Enjoy the good life. You did a good job.