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There are 7 comments on Sportswriter Jack Falla Dies at 64

  1. I’m so shocked and sad to learn of Jack Falla’s death. He was a fine writer. We both wrote for Bostonia over the years, and I always admired him as a writer and person.

  2. If anyone inspired me to continue my dream into Sports JO, it was Prof. Falla. His two classes each week at 8 a.m. were by far my favorite classes at BU.

    It may sound unbelievable, but I had been meaning to email him to ask how things were. It’s sad that I never got that chance…he will be missed.

  3. I’m so sad. He was only my prfessor for one summer but I learned more from him than I did in four years of school. He gace me my book idea and as I’m about to sign my book deal I went to write to him to thank him for the inspiration. I’m shocked and saddened.

  4. I’m very saddend by the news of Jack Falla’s passing. We haven’t been in contact for years and, curious as to what he has been up to, I searched for his name and only today found out this news.

    Jack Falla was, hands down, the most inspiring professor I have ever had. Originally a journalism major who received a B.S. in Mass Com from BU, I reinvented myself 10 years post-undergrad. I decided I wanted to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology. With a decade between myself and any shred of previous academic work I found myself hard-pressed to deliver an undegrad letter of recommendation. Turns out my inspiring professor from BU loved underdogs and reinvention. Or, at least, that is what I like to think. He wrote me a much needed and highly unexpected letter of recommendation for graduate school. In part because of Jack’s efforts on my behalf, I am currently a Ph.D. in Psychology.

  5. I am several years late for this, but I wish to express my sadness concerning mister Falla passing. I didn’t know him, never met him and, as a matter of fact, did not know anything about him until a few weeks back when i stumbled upon his book “open ice” in my hometown library. Being a hockey fan, I started reading his short stories with interest. It was a real pleasure reading his work and I kept thinking how profoundly human and witty his comments on the game where, or at less they were to me. I was most amazed by his inhibition about mixing his own feelings and emotions throughout the book. I even found myself telling my wife that the author of my “hockey” book seemed to have had a good life and that I felt he was “happy” ! I putted down the book a few days ago and just now “googled” his name to find out what was happening to him and his work. This page came up and I was overwhelmed by sadness. Like I said, I didn’t know Jack Falla, but I sure wish I had known him. The beauty of literature is that his writing will live forever and I am the perfect example of that ! My condolences to his wife Barbara and all his family.

    Marc Carbonneau
    Right winger

  6. I’ve just recently learned who Jack Falla was and how important he was to the hockey community. I’ve played my whole life and, though I never met him, can see what a role model he is. I’ve only read his stories and have seen him in documentaries, but am truly saddened by his death. He represented the pure joy of the sport and why it is so important to us who play. Also seemed like a standup guy away from his job. I don’t think I’ll ever be half the man he was.

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