For 37 years, Paul White has
been passionately involved in public relations and action coverage for
Stoneham Spartan teams.
Along with the fathers and
mothers of many prior and current Stoneham student athletes, Paul and
Ann White encouraged their sons and daughter to participate as players
and as a cheerleader citing the benefits of friendship, life lessons and
a fulfilling experience. In 1972, while attending an annual youth
football bowl game matching the Stoneham Spartans and the Waterbury,
Conn. Knights, Paul was selected to co-host the radio accounts with a
local announcer who was a very polished and professional commentator.
This occasion lit a spark and he found a niche in the sports
Paul accepted an opportunity
to volunteer as a commentator on the local Greater Boston Cable TV
Channel 2. Along with old-time Somerville friend, Harry Tower, he donned
the earphones and painted a vivid and accurate account of Spartan
football, hockey and basketball throughout the Middlesex League. He also
conducted a TV call-in show featuring many star Spartan and other sport
celebrities. Broadcasting those contests was a pleasurable experience
which spanned many years lasting into the 1980’s.
Paul had the opportunity to
move up to the booth and take over the play-by-play public address
announcing of Stoneham home games in 1981. At this juncture, fellow Hall
of Famer, Frank “Tiger” Burns asked him to write the weekly accounts of
football games, including scores, statistics and outstanding effort for
the Stoneham Independent. He had reached professional status. He was
still charged with his public address responsibilities while at the same
time he managed to compile pages of notes for the newspaper article. No
problem for him because he now had his own By-Line.
As our public address
announcer, Paul understood the importance of recognizing and
acknowledging Spartan players for their success on the field and the
excitement and pride felt by the family and friends watching and
supporting Stoneham High athletics.
When you talk with Paul he
will tell you that he was privileged over many years to witness first
hand numerous superior athletes, many fine gentlemen and ladies,
outstanding coaches, administrators and fans as well as a body of
individuals who never knew the meaning of quit – The Stoneham Spartans.