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Columnist Mizell plans retirement

But award-winning writer will continue to contribute weekly columns from mountain home in Virginia.

By JACK SHEPPARD

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000


ST. PETERSBURG -- Hubert Mizell, for 27 years the voice of the St. Petersburg Times sports section, has decided to retire in May to the Blue Ridge Mountains area of western Virginia, a base from where he will continue to write a once-a-week Sunday sports column.

"I'm not quite Rocky Marciano," Mizell said, "nowhere near the physical categories of John Elway or Michael Jordan, but I would like to make my own ink-stained attempt at quitting on top.

"I like the timing. I'll be 62 in May. Marcy and I are excited about a lifestyle change, relocating to four-season grandeur in Virginia, building another house, enjoying Charlottesville, one of America's great college towns, 35 minutes from our tree-filled property beside the Blue Ridge Mountains."

With the exception of a six-month stint in Atlanta in 1986, Mizell has shared his columns with Times readers since joining the newspaper in December 1973. During that span, he was named the nation's best columnist by the Associated Press Sports Editors and Florida's sports writer of the year seven times by the Florida Sports Writers Association.

He also attended countless Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, Masters and other major sporting events. Aside from his newspaper columns, Mizell also has hosted a local radio show and made numerous television appearances.

Although reducing his role with the Times, Mizell still will be a regular contributor to the sports section. Beginning in June, he will produce a weekly Sunday column, dedicated to commentary on the national sports scene.

"A vital part of our new arrangement will be writing the Sunday column," Mizell said, "floating my thoughts on a weekly variety of matters. I've got seven exciting months to go, but can't wait until May 2001." -- JACK SHEPPARD, SPORTS EDITOR

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