Bill Dwyre Steps Down As Times Sports Editor
Bill will continue for a while longer as a sportswriter.
It was my privilege to be a colleague of Dwyre as the Times' Olympic writer for the 1984 Games and, after that, to work for him in Sports for some months and also write a book on the history of the 1984 Games. This was one of the most cherished of my relationships in 39 years at the Times.
Bill has grown grey in the company's service, and it could not have been easy in recent years, with cutbacks in the Sports section as well as other sections of the paper. He said last night that he had been trying to retire as sports editor for the past year and a half.
Always conscientious, Dwyre was unfairly criticized, sometimes jokingly and other times not, aa being a Notre Dame booster (he was a Notre Dame graduate), and as biased against USC. This was absolute tripe. In his years as sports editor, Dwyre was fair to everyone and he stood for absolute integrity in sports. His dislike of gambling and drugs in sport was legendary and did him credit.
Knowing him and his wife, Jill, was always a pleasure. Not only was he considerate as a boss, he was a good, self-deprecating commentator when he chose to be, had an excellent sense of humor and was always a class act. At the Times, he became an institution.
The Times was lucky to have him as sports editor and he will be missed. But Randy Harvey is a promising replacement. His replacement of Dwyre was arranged, it's my understanding, after Dave Morgan left for Yahoo, and Harvey was obtained back from the Baltimore Sun, which has suffered even more from Tribune cutbacks than the L.A. Times has.
On the Olympics, Dwyre was always their great booster and believed thoroughly in the international fellowship the Olympics represented. The special Olympic sections he put together were superb and after I stepped down as an Olympics writer, he made a good choice of Alan Abrahamson as my successor.
He will always be at the top of my list. It was both an honor and a pleasure to work for him.