Did you hear?... Bob Carr says goodbye to the daily grind

On Aug. 31, Bob Carr, the wit and vinegar behind Sporting Goods Business' Daily Dispatch, retired after 37 years of working as a news hound for the trade.

On Aug. 31, Bob Carr, the wit and vinegar behind Sporting Goods Business' Daily Dispatch, retired after 37 years of working as a news hound for the trade. Carr has seen it all in the New York trenches, from the glory days to recent years of trial and tribulation. Through it all, Carr has been a shining example of what it means to work a room, ferret out news by developing relationships, and bust the chops of those in the sporting goods world that deserve to have a written barb tossed their way from time-to-time. Sometimes acerbic, often witty, always connected, Carr was an old school newsman to the end -- just as at home on a bar stool with a notebook in hand as he was behind a computer terminal pounding out a story for deadline. Few could walk into a crowded room full of sporting goods executives and work it from wall-to-wall like Carr. 

Beyond his skills as a newsman, though, Carr will be remembered by those on our team, a number of whom worked with Carr "back in the day," as a man with a heart of gold, who'd give you the suit jacket off his back if you needed it. So, please, join us in a virtual toast, holding a beverage of your choice, and raise a glass to Bob Carr. You'll be missed in the newsroom, Bob.


Did you hear?...Saying goodbye to Captain Cordura

SNEWS® has learned that C. Joel Campbell, a career employee at DuPont, passed away suddenly on April 17 at the age of 64. Campbell was very well loved by many outdoor industry veterans -- so much so he was known to more than a few as Captain Cordura -- a moniker his teammates at ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

For the week of Feb. 22-28 >> Richard Shaffer, sales manager at Vectra, will be moving over to Technogym's U.S. offices as of March 1. There, he will move assume the position of area sales manager for the Northwest, moving into the club side of the business and away from the ...read more

Outdoor: Did You Hear?...

>> A recent study by the American College of Sports Medicine has identified one insole as being the most cushioned and best at preventing injuries in military boots: It is six millimeters of soft polyurethane foam attached to a stiffer, vinyl (foam) footbed with a raised heel. ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> The North Face is leveraging the company's presenting sponsorship of the 2004 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run (June 26-27, Auburn, Calif.) to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The North Face athlete team members and ultra-marathon runners Dean Karnazes, ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> efi Sports Medicine is expanding its Gravity Training System quickly, including clubs in Australia and Europe. This month, it will debut at the Rimini Fitness Festival in Italy. >> The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has announced it has entered a strategic marketing ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> A Sierra Designs "Good-bye to the West Coast" old-style, throw-down party is slated for May 9 from 3 p.m. on. The team welcomes all SD alum, suppliers and friends. It's a BYODD affair -- that's Bring Your Own Designated Driver, you understand. >> Building on the success and ...read more


In memoriam: Saying goodbye to Cliff Cornhall

Cliff Cornhall, 72, the camping buyer for Big 5 Sporting Goods for 38 years until his retirement in 2006, died of an apparent heart attack on April 15, shortly after returning from an early morning walk on the beach near his Huntington Beach, Calif., home. Larry Harrison, a ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of Jan. 18-24 >> Numerous U.S. and European companies answered the call for entries for women's-specific product designs in the inaugural Volvo SportsDesign Awards. Volvo was looking for submissions in six women's product categories, including outdoor equipment, ...read more

Saying goodbye to Chip Webster

Colorado-based sales representative Chip Webster died Dec. 29, 2006, of unknown causes in the driveway of his home located in the mountains west of Boulder, Colo. Greg Hine and George Knaggs penned the following tribute to Webster: Born in Nashville, Tenn., on April 29, 1949, ...read more