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Editor James Bennett's column: The boss asked me to work during a hurricane (back in 1987). I'll never forget him for it or what it was like.


The “extremely dangerous” eyewall of Category 4 Hurricane Ian begin moving ashore in southwest Florida late Wednesday morning with a powerful wind field that covered almost half the state.

It was Monday, Oct. 12, 1987, and Hurricane Floyd was stirring in south Florida, where I was working overnight in The Miami News sports department.

The rain was coming down in sheets outside my place just outside Fort Lauderdale, and I sheepishly called my sports editor, a robust Cuban with a high-pitched voice named Leo Suarez. He was one of the greatest NFL writers of all time, having covered the Miami Dolphins during his heyday as an aggressive, take-no-prisoners beat reporter.

James Bennett is Executive Editor. Contact him at 256-235-3540 or