I've said it here befoire: It's hard to deal with goodbyes for so many talented journalists -- and friends -- over these last few years. I probably could write about a good man or woman leaving the business, or at least leaving the Philadelphia newspapers, a couple of times a week, so -- quite unfairly -- my farewell shoutouts are pretty erratic. That's an apology to the many folks I've missed.
But I couldn't let my good friend Kevin Bevan walk out the door without saying something. Kevin is one of those people who -- if you read newspapers (or newspaper websites) but never worked at one -- you probably didn't know existed. But somebody has to decide where all those articles actually go and most importantly, assemble a front page that will make random hoagie-seekers at the Wawa want to splurge and pick up a newspaper. At the Daily News., Kevin was the news editor who was that behind-the-scenes guy, and, as the best thing to come out of Pottsville since the Maroons, he was amazingly good at it, when he wasn't reviewing last night's "Daily Shoiw," or kibitzzing about the obscurities of 1960s AM Top 40 radio.
There's a premium these days on folks like Kevin -- who worked here for 31 years, since the came over from the folding of the Bulletin -- and he took the bait, also known as the buyout. But this story diverges from those other goodbye stories in one other way. He left with a surge of attention.