There was a very nice piece by Urinal sportswriter and old friend Bill Reynolds on November 3 about his now-former colleague, Bobby McGarry. McGarry was one of the casualties of the most recent BeloJo layoffs after 41 years in the sports department, having worked his way up from copy boy (read: grunt/go-fer) to one of the top dogs in the Urinal’s “toy department,” as the sports shop is often known.
Reynolds paid high tribute to a man he admires and has worked with for years, and he also gently skirted the crime of McGarry being laid off after over four decades of great work by the empty suit jackasses in Dallas who own the paper.
P&J have railed for years in this space about the deleterious impacts of having a local newspaper with absentee ownership. BeloJo’s Dallas dickheads know nothing of the values that McGarry brought to the paper — he’s just a budget line item to them. They don’t know the man, have never seen him in person, know nothing about him, and will never have to confront him, his family, or his friends at the supermarket or at a Little League game, and explain why he was cut loose like a unwanted eel at the end of a fishing line.
Reynolds blames it on a “brutal local economy and a newspaper industry that is under attack nationally,” but that’s being too kind and intentionally disingenuous. McGarry’s worth to the paper was never analyzed; he was just a dollar figure for some BeloJo exec thousands of miles away to cashier before heading out to have a couple of Lone Star beers, watch the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, and try to find a redneck hooker.
You have a real friend in Mr. Reynolds, Bobby. And Billy, watch your back from here on out. Undoubtedly, the eyes of Texas are upon you.
In a story that P&J have followed for some time, Nicholas Alahverdian, who filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in 2011 against RI’s Department of Children, Youth, & Families, several group homes, and a number of state officials, announced last week that he has resolved the litigation “in good faith,” as Alahverdian says.
Alahverdian had claimed that he was abused in a number of group homes as a 14-year-old ward of the state. With the resolution of the suit, federal judge John J. McConnell, Jr. approved and signed a document on October 28, establishing The Nicholas Edward Alahverdian Trust which will fund a hotline for foster children to call for help and a center “for foster teens and parents to drop in for support” as they transition out of the DCYF system.
Alahverdian also announced the creation of the Nicholas Alahverdian Education Illumination Scholarship, which will offer a grant to those committed to carrying on his crusade “to ensure that children and adolescents from disadvantageous circumstances have a fair chance at receiving a challenging and unparalleled education.”