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|| News Item: Posted 2012-04-19

A few notes about this issue

By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

After a little break …. We’re back!

It’s stories like the ones in this issue that that spurred me years ago to start this humble newsletter. Stories that enlighten, educate, inspire and make you smile…

This issue of the Sports Shooter Newsletter leads off with a behind-the-scenes look at a behind-the-scenes story on Long Beach State’s run to the NCAA Tournament by Patrick Fallon. Nic Coury writes about one of the most difficult parts of a photojournalist’s job.

Tom Dahlin and James Madelin give us a dose of cool gear. Trent Nelson writes about the excitement of covering basketball at one particular local Salt Lake City high school --- with tongue planted firm in his cheek. Brian Blanco contributes an interesting In The Bag column on the gear he used to cover the recent Republican primary election in Florida.

Thanks guys for your patience and for helping me kick start the newsletter. Again!

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The Sports Shooter Academy IX workshop is less than a couple of weeks away. I need to give a big shout out to the faculty, many have been helping me with these educational programs since the beginning!

This workshop would not be possible without Matt Brown...his hard work and dedication keeps this thing going. Myung Chun, Rod Mar, Wally Skalij, Mike Goulding, Shawn Cullen, John McDonough, Dave Black and Sean Haffey all have taken time out from their busy schedules to be instructors, tirelessly spending hours in the field and in the editing workroom with the participants. Christy Radecic and Rafael Delgado will be keeping me on track and making sure things run as smooth as always.

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We have some great companies supporting this workshop with Nikon USA at the top of the list --- enabling 22 students to attend SSA IX tuition-free! Thanks Bill Pekala, Mike Corrado, Sara Moosbrugger and Ronal Taniwaki.

Think Tank Photo, Samy’s Camera, liveBooks and Pocket Wizard are all actively participating ---providing support, products and lots of service for the 50 participants from around the world attending THE coolest sports photography event of the year!

(Details on the companion event --- The Workshop & Luau Junior --- are below.)

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Books on my nightstand this month: “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball” by Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey (with Wayne Coffey) and “Shock Wave – A Virgil Flowers Novel” by John Sanford.

What’s playing through my headphones in the new album by Dr. John “Locked Down” produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

As always, special thanks to: Deanna & Emma Hanashiro, Brad Mangin, Grover Sanschagrin, Joe Gosen and Jason Burfield.

Thanks this month to contributors: Patrick Fallon, Tom Dahlin, James Madelin, Nic Coury and Trent Nelson.

The comments, opinions and other perceived nutty statements that the writers may have expressed, implied, imagined or made up are theirs and theirs alone. Sports Shooter, Inc. and published these articles in good faith with the purpose of education and inspiration. Permission in writing must be obtained from Sports Shooter, Inc. and the author of the article before being reprinted. I welcome any comments, corrections, suggestions and contributions. Please e-mail me at

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