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|| News Item: Posted 2000-12-20

Leading Off: What I want from Santa, by Emma Hanashiro
By Robert Hanashiro

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Ho, ho, ho! It's that time of the year: there's a chill in the air, the smell of fresh pine needles and the sound of sleigh bells it must be Christmas!

And if it's Christmas, it must be time for all you good boys and girls to write to Santa and let him know what you want under the tree. I was tucking my 7-year-old daughter in last night, and I spotted an envelope addressed in red and green crayon, "Mr. Santa Claus, The North Pole." I just couldn't resist and took a peek and this is what she asked Santa for this Christmas:

Dear Santa,

What up?

I was reading Dad's copy of TSN (that's The Sporting News if you didn't know!) and I see that A-Rod signed a big dollar contract with the Rangers. Something like $252 million dollars!

That's a lot of Pokemon cards!

I know A-Rod is the best shortstop in baseball (though my best friend Katherine says that Garciaparra goes into the hole better and Jon next door thinks Jeter is a better two-strike hitter) but this wild spending by baseball owners is ruining the Nation's Past Time.

My school has computer labs with Mac SEs and the tetherball chains are rusted. Our library can't buy new books and the only new classrooms that we get are delivered on the back of a trailer.

I don't mean to get off on a rant here, but what I'd like for Christmas is some sanity to return to sports. I would like to see The Game placed first rather than the egos of owners named Steinbrenner and agents named Boras.

Another thing I would like for Christmas is too see ball parks named like Fenway, Candlestick and Wrigley not after some business that'll be bankrupt in three years.

I've been a good girl this year Santa, so I hope you can leave me these small things under our Christmas tree this year. And if you happen to see a stray Nintendo 64 in the back of your sled, I wouldn't mind getting that too!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, my dad said something about wanting something called a new Canon Pro Digital Camera for Christmas whatever that is.

Love, Emma.

P.S.: I planned on leaving you some chocolate chip cookies and milk like last year, but Mommy said that the cookies have too much sugar and milk is too fattening. So she's making me leave you some WheatABix and bottled water. Sorry.

* * *


During my travels I hear a lot of funny things. So this year, I decided to take some notes to remember the outrageous things photographers say. So here we have the year-end, Sports Shooter Top 5 Quotes:

Number 5: "Who the f * * k stole my f * * king computer?"
(A mid-west photographer after realizing his laptop, the only one not chained down was stolen out of the press tent at the U.S. Track and Field Trials.)

Number 4: "I've got THE biggest balls in this room!"
(A Florida photographer, after the Olympic 100 meters, responding when told that a method to recover lost files on a memory card required "balls" because he would first have to reformat the card.)

Number 3: "Digital SUCKS!"
(A photographer commenting after missing a Shaquille O'Neal dunk that won a playoff game.)

Number 2: "I'm an artiste! I don't do sharp."
(A wire service photographer to a photo editor when confronted about blurry photos she was shooting during one of the national political conventions.)

And the Number 1 Sports Shooter Quote of the Year: "I don't shoot sports. I am a photojournalist!" (Another wire service "photojournalist" when ask what photo position she wanted during a 1st round playoff game.)


Photo by Robert Hanashiro

Photo by Robert Hanashiro
I attended my first Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar earlier this month and it was an experience that I will never forget. I made presentations before a hundred or so people, looked over 25 portfolios and judged the first round of The Seminar's annual contest (reviewing some 8,500 images!). Needless to say, they ask a lot of their speakers but I got a helluva lot more out of this than I put in.

If you want to attend the best photojournalism workshop/conference/seminar mark the first week of December in your 2001 Palm Pilot calendar. In 25 years in this business, I have not attended anything as good or as fulfilling.

Thanks to Michael Schwarz and Alan Weiner for inviting me to speak and putting up with all of my silly questions. And special thanks to Jose Villegas, Reed Hoffmann, Allan Detrich and Alan Diaz for hanging out with me. You guys are something else!


We have another great issue this month, starting off with a very poignant, informative and funny article about the Seattle newspaper strike written by Rod Mar.

Vince Laforet from the New York Times writes about covering the voting controversy in Florida; Corey Rich gives us a look at the annual Eco-Challenge; Doug Duran shares his secrets of shooting fill-flash sports with the Nikon D1, Razor Bogdon advances the upcoming Super Bowl in Tampa and we announce the details and prizes for our annual Sports Shooter Contest.

And of course, we have, as usual, much, much more!

So sit back, adjust that computer monitor, turn up that MP3 of Nat King Cole's "Christmas Song" and enjoy Sports Shooter v.26!

Robert Hanashiro.

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