Good luck, George!

We’ve been hoping, for a couple weeks, that he would change his mind for some reason, but George Foulsham, our assistant managing editor, will be leaving the paper after today. It’s a sad day for us in the newsroom, because George is not only a fun and steadying presence, he’s also a journalist of the highest caliber.

And, in the most relevant sense here, George has been a huge supporter of this blog and my efforts to cover the Kings. He has provided invaluable feedback and advice and, in our dark days a couple months ago, he stepped up and helped me by blogging and covering a Kings game on his own time. George is a big Kings fan and a hockey fan in general, so I asked him to write something for the blog, to talk about his intertwined experiences of being a fan and a journalist all these years. Best of luck, George!

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By George Foulsham
Assistant Managing Editor

I’ve been a newspaper journalist for 35 years. And a Kings fan for 24 years. Both have been rewarding and maddening experiences.

I’m leaving newspapers for a great job in the public affairs office at UC Santa Barbara. The Daily News is my ninth paper, with stops along the way at the Herald Examiner and the Los Angeles Times (where they still don’t think hockey is a sport).

I’ve been in the Rose Garden for a Reagan press conference, in Texas Stadium for the Clint Longley miracle win over the Redskins and I’ve worked with some of the best journalists in the country. I leave the business with mixed emotions.

While my career has provided plenty of highlights (and too many lowlights), one of the biggest thrills came in April when Rich Hammond asked if I’d be interested in covering a Kings game. Against the Canadiens. It took about 5 minutes to realize that it was an opportunity I couldn’t resist. The biggest challenge: Could I be objective?

Some of you may argue that sportswriters aren’t unbiased, but most journalists adhere to a code of ethics that mandates our objectivity. Still, when you’ve been a Kings fan since Dave “Tiger” Williams was throwing his weight around the Forum, it’s not easy being nonpartisan. I love the Kings. And I hate the Kings.

So, in that respect, I’m a lot like most of you who follow this blog. We hang on every post by Rich (who might be the best blogger in town, by the way) and can’t wait for the next juicy morsel about anything from the World Championships to whom the Kings will draft with that No. 2 pick.

We’ve been thrilled by Gretzky, had our hearts broken by McSorley’s stick, and cried when Robitaille hung ‘em up. And we watched in anger as the Kings’ owner refused to part with enough cash to bring a front-line, 40-goal sniper to Staples Center. But, deep down, we love the Kings. Yes, it’s disappointing when the same owner ponies up big bucks for a Beckham, or invests in an aging boxer. But we still love the Kings.

So, like the rest of you, I will stick with this team, maybe even invest a few (more) bucks for some tickets, and follow this team that has underachieved, but seems to have the potential to do great things. Brown, Kopitar, O’Sullivan and Johnson are the foundation of a team that will either thrill us or break our hearts, again.

Through it all, Rich will be our tour guide. And, please don’t tell my new boss at UCSB, but I’ll be a frequent visitor to Inside the Kings.

So now, after being an objective journalist for 35 years, I can finally say, in print:

GO KINGS!

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(George with his great-niece, Allison.)

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  • Bob Bobson

    Sorry to see you go George. Thanks for your help and we really appreciate everything you have done.

  • Daniel

    Well said, George. Good luck on your new endeavor!

  • FUNDA

    Thanks George here’s to you and your continued success!

  • Dominic Lavoie

    On a different note those of us here in Santa Barbara will be happy to have the former News Press editor back. I will miss George’s contributions to this blog however.

  • Big Joe

    Go easy on the fine ladies at SB, George!!!!

  • Quattro

    Best of luck, George. GAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Simon

    Thanks for everything George and good luck.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for everything george..

  • Buck

    Thanking you, George!!! Enjoy beautiful SB!

  • DellaNooch

    Thanks George and enjoy beautiful Santa Barbara

  • kingskicka$$

    Well George…I don’t know ya…but you’re a Kings fan, so I like ya. Thanks for your contributions and Good Luck in SB!

  • Anonymous

    George, thanks for your support. Thanks for your time. Thanks for your energy. We both seem old enough to remember when the Kings flashed around the Forum looking for all the world like skating Pumpkins!

    And, if you like Cajun food, The Palace is just off State Street.

    Good Night, and Good Luck!

  • Daniel

    It’s gonna be a slow week so …just thought I would throw this out there. I have been on the fence when it comes to Doughty v Bogosian. I like them both but for different reasons. The different reasons stem from the fact that the Kings need many different elements to be competitive. So, I started thinking about how the Kings could possibly get both players. Given that Atlanta most likely will pick one of the two the Kings don’t, I came up with this trade scenario:

    Kings get
    2008 3rd overall
    Ilya Kovalchuk

    Thrashers get
    Mike Cammalleri
    Lubomir Visnovsky
    Oscar Moller
    Jonathan Quick
    2009 1st rounder

    If for some reason the Thrashers tip their hand an don’t pick one of the top 2 D-men, St. Louis would be in on the deal:

    Kings get
    2008 4th overall
    David Backes

    Blue get
    Mike Cammalleri
    Lubomir Visnovsky
    2009 1st rounder

    Thoughts?

  • Rory Markus Marching & Chowder Society

    I worked with George at the ol’ Her-Ex before they closed the doors down there on Broadway. This guy is a first-class journalist, a real gentleman and sports fan par excellence. And although the Daily News is losing a great person, UCSB is gaining a tremendous asset who again will make a huge difference just by being there. My hat’s off to you, George! Enjoy the Santa Barbara sunsets, the warm summer breezes and tremendous array of restaurants along the coast up there … maybe we can tip one again together at that little bar across the street from the Her-Ex on 11th, or better yet at the Staples Center one day soon as we celebrate the Kings winning the Stanley Cup!

  • Rory Markus Marching & Chowder Society

    I worked with George at the ol’ Her-Ex before they closed the doors down there on Broadway. This guy is a first-class journalist, a real gentleman and sports fan par excellence. And although the Daily News is losing a great person, UCSB is gaining a tremendous asset who again will make a huge difference just by being there. My hat’s off to you, George! Enjoy the Santa Barbara sunsets, the warm summer breezes and tremendous array of restaurants along the coast up there … maybe we can tip one again together at that little bar across the street from the Her-Ex on 11th, or better yet at the Staples Center one day soon as we celebrate the Kings winning the Stanley Cup!

  • Rory Markus Marching & Chowder Society

    I worked with George at the ol’ Her-Ex before they closed the doors down there on Broadway. This guy is a first-class journalist, a real gentleman and sports fan par excellence. And although the Daily News is losing a great person, UCSB is gaining a tremendous asset who again will make a huge difference just by being there. My hat’s off to you, George! Enjoy the Santa Barbara sunsets, the warm summer breezes and tremendous array of restaurants along the coast up there … maybe we can tip one again together at that little bar across the street from the Her-Ex on 11th, or better yet at the Staples Center one day soon as we celebrate the Kings winning the Stanley Cup!

  • George

    Thanks to all for the nice things said here. I deeply appreciate it. And thanks to Rich for his guidance, friendship and all of his hard work as our Kings blog guru.

  • Someone

    Sad to see another ally leave a major news institution, but happy to see you are leaving on your terms…..

    Best of luck!

  • Zeke Barlow

    Sad to see George go; the newspaper crisis claims yet another good one. He was not only one of the best, most supportive editors I worked with, but he is a helluva nice guy to boot.

    Good luck in your next chapter of life!

    Cheers,

    Zeke

  • Garrett

    You will love it at UCSB. The only thing i dislike about it is being so far from staples center.

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