Georgia legend, Fisher dies at 93
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Famed Georgia sportswriter Furman Bisher, who covered everything from major golf tournaments to the Triple Crown during a career that spanned six decades, died Sunday of a massive heart attack outside Atlanta. He was 93.
The Atlanta JournalConstitution reported Bisher’s death on its website Sunday evening (http://bit.ly/aqfvbu ). Former AJC editor Jim Minter said family members told him that Bisher had planned to watch golf at home on Sunday but complained of feeling ill, at which point his wife Lynda called 911. He died at a nearby hospital.
“He put more quality words on newsprint than any other writer in the last half of the 20th century,” Minter said late Sunday, according to the newspaper. “He never wrote a bad column.”
Bisher retired in 2009 after 59 years at the Georgia newspaper, writing his final column on the same typewriter he used in 1950.
At his retirement, Bisher said: “I just decided that’s enough — I had been thinking about