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Spring Speaker Reception
April 10, 2016

From Typewriters at the Sun Office to Live Tweeting at the Super Bowl: How technology has changed sportswriting over a 35-year career

Neil Best ’82, sports business and media columnist at Newsday, discussed how changes in technology - especially the Internet and all that it has wrought - have altered the business of sports journalism over the decades, and some ways in which it hasn't. He answered a stream of questions about sports, athletes, coaches, the business of sports and more. And he told us what Derek Jeter is really like (what you see is what you get) to what Mike Francesa's den looks like to how he helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII.

This event was held at Nauvoo Grill Club in Fair Haven. Over 35 attendees were treated to hors d'oeuvres and a light dinner. Two raffle baskets brought in substantial donations to our Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Our venue

L to R: Wendy Harman '82, Arthur Kretschman '85, Ed Butler '63, Cliff Fishman '70, Carole Fishman '70, Dale Harman '82

Marissa Russotto, BJ Dowlen '09, Jim Graf '80, John Russotto

Polly Chu '81 (CCMO President), Barbara Bennett '77, Donald Levy '77

Pat Reilly '82, Linda Meltzer '64, Carole Fishman '70, Richard Meltzer '65

Anne Mayer '77, Bruce Wagner '64, Dan Tagatac GR

Raffle baskets containing theater tickets, Finger Lakes wines, Cornell mugs and more

Claire Stack '15, Cornell Alumni Affairs, staffed the welcome table

Margaret Graf '80 introduced our  speaker

Speaker Neil Best '82

Neil Best displaying obsolete technology

Polly Chu '81 and BJ Dowlen '09

David Fischell '75 and Rhonda Anderson '83

Sports mementos gathered by the speaker over 35 years