End of an era: Last newsletter mailed

When Cal-Hi Sports first went to a statewide publication during the 1979-80 school year, it was in the form of a weekly newsletter. On Thursday, it was announced that the newsletters would be discontinued.

It’s partly a sign of the times and partly a lingering after-effect of Cal-Hi Sports no longer being part of a larger media organization such as ESPN or Student Sports, but this week’s Volume 35, No. 18 edition of the Cal-Hi Sports weekly newsletter is going to be the last one. At least for the unforeseeable future.

Please note that our on-line content initiatives will continue and comped subscriptions for a Gold Club membership may be offered to e-mail and printed newsletter recipients. The newsletter also could return at a later date if circumstances were to change.

The final edition of the last newsletter began with the writeup of Adoree’ Jackson being named Mr. Football State Player of the Year for 2013.

We’d love to be able to keep sending out newsletters because several people we hold near and dear to our hearts, such as the legendary sports researcher Bruce McIntosh (now living in Rio Vista), only get their fix of our content through the newsletters. It’s just too complicated having to complete all tasks of the newsletter each week, including copying, postage, etc. We’ll have to simply figure out some other way of keeping Bruce and those like him in the loop.

At one point, before we merged with Student Sports publisher Andy Bark in 1989, the newsletters had as many as 700 paid subscribers. We still remember the first check to ever come in, too. It was a newsletter subscription from Larry Mornhinweg of San Jose, who at the time in the 1979-80 school year had a son, Marty, who was quarterbacking at Oak Grove of San Jose. Marty is now the offensive coordinator of the New York Jets and once was head coach of the Detroit Lions. Goodness gracious, how time flies.

While we’re no longer part of Student Sports, it should be noted that we are still strongly connected to the Torrance-based company with an editorial services contract. If it weren’t for Andy and Student Sports, the newsletters probably would have been discontinued many years earlier and Cal-Hi Sports as a separate entity on the internet probably never would have grown to where it’s gotten in the first place.

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