Today marks the final column from the Houston Chronicle's Rick Casey. I haven't been so saddened since alleged journalist Alan Bernstein jumped ship for the Sheriff's Office.
Oddly enough, I remember reading Casey's first column many years ago, where he introduced himself to the community. Long before there was the Rosenthal scandal and the election battle of 2008, I remember thinking that the new-to-town columnist seemed to think very highly of his own wisdom and intellect.
Don't get me wrong, he wrote many columns over the years that I did like. On occasion, I would even send an e-mail in complimenting the articles. There has even been a time or two on this blog that I've agreed with him publicly.
But Casey has also had his bumps and blunders over the years, as he has spoken with such authority about facts that he didn't have a complete grasp on. My favorite question remains how a 24-year veteran of a Metro beat apparently went to almost the end of his career without ever going to jury duty. Along the way, Casey also managed to libel Sam Siegler, write a bizarre "fantasy" piece about Kelly Siegler, and apparently do a little borderline plagiarism on the side.
But, thank goodness, he always let us know that he knew what was best for Houston --
No matter how ill-informed he was about so many issues.