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Originally posted on Gotham Nation:

“If you have contempt for the people you are writing about, you probably shouldn’t be writing about them.” – Al Cohn, Newsday, retired.

I’ve met some great people in my life, and have learned a great deal from many of them.

My dad taught me to let other people tell you how good you are at something.

My wife has taught me that unconditional love, loyalty and commitment is priceless.

Some of my ex-business partners taught me that you have to be careful who you trust.

My journalism career has been equally educational, and generous people from all walks of media have served as mentors, both intentionally and by mistake.

Brian Orefice taught me accountability and how to cultivate my passion, and Justin Einhorn explained — very patiently — that every sport is worthy of the same editorial effort.

But Al Cohn, through one of his former students, Wallace Matthews…

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