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|| News Item: Posted 2001-12-19

Leading Off: Dear Santa, From Emma Hanashiro
By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Photo by Robert Hanashiro/Sports Shooter

Photo by Robert Hanashiro/Sports Shooter
Ho, Ho, Ho!

I was talking to my 8-year-old daughter Emma the other day and I noticed she was writing a letter to Santa. So being the good dad that I am, after she went to sleep, I took a peek to see what she wanted for Christmas.

Dear Santa,

What up?

After me, mom and dad got home from visiting you at he mall yesterday (dad said that was your twin brother we saw ringing a little bell in front of the grocery store) I remembered a few things I forgot to ask for.

How about a pro football team for LA?

Dad says it's been a long time since he had anything cool to shoot on Sundays in the winter. Oh yeah, he said that the Chargers don't count 'cause they suck all the time.

And Santa, after hearing so much about contraction in baseball I was hoping maybe you could do the same for the third grade at my school. Mrs. Jackson's class didn't sell as much candy as the rest of the 3rd grade this year, so maybe you can wipe them out and then Katherine Martin can be in my room again.

(Oh and who is Gov. Jesse the Body and this guy Bud that my daddy calls bad names mom says I'm not allowed to repeat?)

And since we're on the subject of baseball: how about letting the Yankees have Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling, Mike Piazza and 10 other superstars to go with Jason Giambi. I think that it's good for baseball that one team can buy anything they want.

For mom, I'd like to get her season tickets to the LA Sparks WNBA team. Dad says since I like to watch cartoons mom might as well take me to see them in person.

Love, Emma.

P.S. I know last year mom made me leave spring water and non-fat cookies for you by the tree. But this year, dad said he'd sneak out a Starbucks Carmel Frappuccino and a couple of Krispy Kremes for you after mom goes to sleep.

* * *

I think Christmas comes almost monthly for me usually just before deadline time for Sports Shooter. Every month gifts are sent to me from great people like Rod Mar and Rick Rickman and Vince Laforet and Trent Nelson and many, many others.

And monthly Mongo Johnson or Eric Risberg or Sam Mircovich comes through with articles that surprise, enlighten, inform and entertain us.

My bosses at my "day job' USA TODAY also need to be recognized for giving me the time and opportunity to put out the newsletter each and every month and also allow me to undertake projects like our recent Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau and speaking engagements at the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar.

I'd like to thank everyone who contributes to Sports Shooter especially my partner Brad Mangin and my family Emma and Deanna. Without the three of them, there would not be a Sports Shooter hitting your e-mail box every month.

And thanks to all of you who read this and carry the word of Sports Shooter to the far reaches of the planet!

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In the spirit of the Holidays, Sports Shooter gives all of our loyal readers a huge, special issue. It didn't take Vince Laforet long after his return from Pakistan to get an extended hands-on look at Canon's hot 1D digital camera. And of course, we give it to all of you before anyone else!

But is the fastest, most responsive digital camera enough? Rod Mar says it's what's between the ears that count the most.

We also have reports from Ron Holman on integrating digital at a small daily, Jeff Carlick recounts his pilgrimage to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Count and Mongo make an appearances and as we like to say: and much, much more.

So sit back, tell the family that you'll watch "It's A Wonderful Life" in about 90 minutes, sit back and enjoy Sports Shooter v.38!


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