The first time I walked into the Garden pressroom in 1978, I was welcomed by John and Janet Halligan, the team’s public relations directors and one of the most happily-married couples I’ve ever known. I was this 20-something, bearded, long-haired, cigarette-smoking nobody in bad clothes, and yet John and Janet treated me as if I were the No. 1 columnist from the New York Times. Always did. Always treated everybody that way.
Today, one of my favorite people in hockey is gone. John Halligan, the foremost historian on the Rangers, and an author who just released a book about which he was beaming, 100 Ranger Greats, passed away in his sleep last night.
The first obituary I’ve seen is on that book’s blogsite. You can see it here.
I will get back to blogging about your heroes, and last night’s game, later on.