Pounds: Thanks, JamieWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Other than glass itself, Jamie Farr has been Toledo’s greatest ambassador. He embodies Toledo’s hardworking, talented journeyman spirit and has used his fame and position to aggressively promote Toledo. Like the Jeep and Tony Packo’s hot dogs, Farr represents the heart and soul of Toledo.
The news that he will no longer be the front person for the annual LPGA tournament in Sylvania does not diminish his status one iota. To the contrary, it allows us to marvel at his 27 years of service to the tournament and the untold dollars it has contributed to our community and specific charities.
As Toledo Free Press Pop Culture Editor Jeff McGinnis wrote in 2011, “No one celebrity embodies ‘Toledo’ as much as Farr. The actor has long since carved out an indelible legacy as one of the stars of the legendary sitcom ‘M*A*S*H,’ bringing the Glass City along for the ride by incorporating many local institutions into his character. Thanks to Farr, when you say ‘Mud Hens’ or ‘Tony Packo’s,’ a good chunk of the American populace knows what you’re talking about.”
In a news release from the LPGA, Farr said: “Because of pending show business concerns which may prevent me from hosting the tournament in the future, I have decided to pass the baton to Marathon. I will always appreciate the loyal and generous support of our faithful sponsors, volunteers, fans, media and LPGA golf professionals and I extend a special thanks to all of them. Please extend to Marathon your generous support which you so devotedly gave to me.”
During the eight years Toledo Free Press has covered life in Northwest Ohio, Farr has been accessible and helpful, whether for interviews for each year’s tournament, cutting the ribbon at Hollywood Casino Toledo or his 2011 contribution of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” to our Make-A-Wish benefit CD.
“I am so honored and proud to be able to do positive things for my hometown,” Farr told McGinnis in 2011. “Having the local businesses support our LPGA tournament is a testimony to how much they want to do for the city and the charities involved. They are more than generous.”
Perhaps the just-launched “Klinger’s Club” on the 14th hole can be retained as a tribute to and reminder of Farr’s three decades of service.
The Marathon era is welcome and great news for the community and the future of the LPGA tournament.
But we will always remember Farr’s contribution and wish him well as he gets ready to tee off on other projects.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at email@example.com.