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March 31, 2014

Think About It: Everything’s Al-right

Media people by their very nature can often be skeptics, even cynics. Sometimes, they are really not those shiny, happy people you see on TV, listen to on the radio, or read in the daily paper. And then there was Al Chase. Al passed away last Thursday, and he was a difference-maker. His early work on the soccer fields of Hawaii helped pave the way for youths and adults alike in growing the game locally at Kalani High and elsewhere.

His dispassionate but objective coverage of Team Hawaii of the North American Soccer League in 1977 belied his true love for the game. For Al could be passionate, yet objective, a difficult chore when tasked with covering a sports franchise that was like the Titanic- full of possibilities but doomed to fail. He carried his zeal into his work covering our semi-pro soccer efforts in 1978 and 1979 for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. His knowledge was deep, but he was always humble in my conversations with him. He gnashed his teeth at the pro team's mismanagement and unltimate departure for Tulsa, but he reported fairly.

I heard Al could be tough as nails as a coach, but when I learned the ropes from him at age 21, he was always fair, honest, and accurate. He was interesting and interested, a rare pair of platitudes too seldom found in a world where people need to always get in the last word or make the story about themselves. He was a closet cheerleader who loved all forms of local soccer and baseball, but always respected the distance he had to keep as a sports writer. He was a beautiful man who dearly loved the beautiful game, and he will be missed. Think about it...

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