Let me start by saying what a wonderful article Jerry Plantz wrote about “Is hockey the most Dangerous sport?” Naturally, I was flattered as I “ASSUMED” he used my as his inspiration. So I reached out. Only to get the response below (rest assured, being a world class blogger, we talked and ironed out our differences and are now fast friends)
> From: email@example.com
> Subject: dangeroushockey.com
> Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:02:14 -0500
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> I’d like to thank you for using my blog as inspiration for your story. I have no problem that I wasn’t interviewed or even contacted for permission. I feel it’s a free world with the internet out there. Do you mind if I post your article on my site?
> Rocque Trem
> President, Dangeroushockey.com
From: Jerry Plantz <email@example.com>Date: February 21, 2011 10:49:35 AM ESTTo: <firstname.lastname@example.org>Subject: RE: dangeroushockey.comRocque,
In all my years as in broadcast and print journalism, as a television executive news producer, publisher, and reporter, I have never been accused of knowingly using someone else’s work, material, ideas, etc. for my own. If I do cite others work I give them attribution or credit which is a journalists ethical obligation.
As for you inspiring me to write my column and for interviewing you – let me say unequivocally that I never heard of you or your website until this very hour. Google “hockey violence” and you get over 5 million sources alone. Only last Saturday, Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette wrote “It is time to KO hockey fights.” Were you his inspiration?
A quick check on your web site does merit applause for you efforts to end hockey violence.
Having said all this I do give you permission to reprint my column and that you acknowledge where it came from.
I am a native Pittsburgher (Yes, we will always hate Cleveland- greastest rivalry in sports) A journalism graduate of Duquesne University and a journalist, a published author and a communicator for more than 50 years. I reside in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Great guy, hope to get him on Google’s “World’s greatest hockey blog.”