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Senate Bill 1984

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    Florida Senate - 2004        (NP)                      SR 1984

    By Senator Posey


  1                    Senate Resolution No. ____

  2         A resolution recognizing and commending Chris

  3         Economaki.


  5         WHEREAS, Chris Economaki, now 83 years of age, is an

  6  icon among sports journalists, recognized for his preeminent

  7  role in promoting the popularity of auto racing, and

  8         WHEREAS, Chris was born in 1920 in Brooklyn, New York,

  9  and grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where, at age 9, he

10  observed his first auto race at the nearby Atlantic City Board

11  Track and became smitten with a lifetime love for the sport of

12  auto racing, and

13         WHEREAS, Chris began his career in sports journalism in

14  1934 when he began writing a byline column for the National

15  Auto Racing News, a precursor to the National Speed Sport

16  News, a publication Chris later acquired, developing it into

17  the most influential weekly motorsports publication in the

18  country, featuring Chris's informative column, "The Editor's

19  Notebook," and

20         WHEREAS, in more than 50 years as an auto racing sports

21  journalist, Chris has excelled as a print journalist, a race

22  announcer, and a network television analyst for automobile

23  races broadcast by ABC, ESPN, and CBS, providing dynamic

24  coverage of virtually every form of auto racing in every major

25  venue throughout the world, and

26         WHEREAS, Chris has received numerous awards recognizing

27  and honoring his contributions to the sport of auto racing,

28  including the 1984 Walt Ader Memorial Award, the first Hugh

29  Deery Memorial Award for Service to Auto Racing, the 1990 USAC

30  Presidential Award, NASCAR's 1990 Award of Excellence,

31  induction in 1994 as the first journalist in the Motorsports


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    Florida Senate - 2004        (NP)                      SR 1984

 1  Hall of Fame, NASCAR's 1998 Lifetime Media Award, the 2000

 2  NASCAR/Federal Mogul Buddy Sherman Award, and the 2001

 3  International Automotive Media Council Lifetime Achievement

 4  Award, NOW, THEREFORE,


 6  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:


 8         That the Florida Senate recognizes and commends Chris

 9  Economaki for his invaluable contributions to the sport of

10  auto racing, for helping to make Daytona Beach, Florida, the

11  Auto-Racing Capital of the World, and for his extraordinary

12  accomplishments as a leader in the world of sports journalism.

13         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution,

14  with the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to Chris

15  Economaki as a tangible token of the sentiments of the Florida

16  Senate.

















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