Wish I had gotten to know him from these tributes.
RIP my friend.
This was nuts when I read it:
How has the sport overall changed since you first became involved?
When I first became involved there were five meets at Madison Square Garden every indoor season, and there were major, major, meets in California outdoors, and they were well attended.
There was also a thriving indoor circuit, mainly in the east but also elsewhere. Over the years, the sport's popularity diminished to what it is today, which is quite different. We could talk for days about why that happened, but that's the most dramatic change.
At some point after I started following the sport, women became more important. There were very few women's events, if any, back in the 50s and 60s. That started to change rapidly in the 1970s and after, and that of course has been a good change.
Couldn't we have one major meet at the Garden like every 4 years?! Not sure if the portable tracks even exist anymore.