Goodbye to Zack Bolno, for now
For longtime readers of this Bog, this is all you have to know about Zack Bolno; He once set up a dinner for me, Oleksiy Pecherov and Harvey Grant at a Russian restaurant in Las Vegas. That one was so far outside the box it landed in a bowl of borscht. But Zack was always game both for the fun stuff and the serious stuff, no matter what organization you represented, no matter how or when you asked. Zack was definitely one of the first PR people in town to go out of his way to help an idiot blogger like me back when I first started this thing, and the good-natured help continued through Saturday, his last day before being fired by the Redskins.
I know this stuff is of marginal interest to most readers, but the media folks all spend a lot of time around the city's PR people, so it matters quite a bit to us. And media folks love Zack Bolno. So if you'll humor me, I've collected many of the Sunday tweets regarding Zack's dismissal.
Peter King, Sports Illustrated: Don't know what Zack Bolno did to deserve whacking in Wash, though I can guess. But he's one of the best PR men I've ever dealt with. Sad.
(King also mentioned Zack in his column, pointing out that the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants haven't changed PR directors since 2000, while the Redskins have had seven people in the job since that time.)
Pablo Torre, Sports Illustrated: Seconded.
Chris Mortensen, ESPN: Let me also chime in on sudden departure of Zack Bolno from Redskins PR staff: VERY DISAPPOINTING.
Ross Tucker, SI.com: I second this.
Steve Wyche, NFL.com: My two cents worth too: Zack Bolno = Total class. Great, great guy. Hate to see him gone. Rt there with you Mort. Very disappointing.
Seth Wickersham, ESPN The Magazine: Sad about Zach Bolno being fired in Washington. One of the best PR guys I've ever worked with.
David Elfin, AOL FanHouse: Zack Bolno's firing by the #Redskins is a travesty, especially this close to the start of the season when all NFL jobs are filled ...
Nischelle Turner, Fox Sports: Just heard my friend/collegue Zach Bolno was fired frm the Redskins PR Dept. Bad move Skins. Professionally 1 of THE best. Personally: a gem
Bob Glauber, Newsday: This one hurts: My good buddy Zack Bolno has been pushed out the door in Washington. Excellent PR man caught up in Redskins' vortex. Sigh....Anyone needing a reference on Zack Bolno can contact me any time. Class act. Everything a PR person should be ... that is all.
Judy Battista, New York Times: Sorry to hear that Zack Bolno is out as the head of the Redskins PR dept. He was a real pro under often difficult circumstances there.
Albert Breer, Boston Globe: Zack Bolno, in my time at Sporting News and now w/Globe, was awesome to deal with. Saw the Redskins through a very tough time.
Rick Stroud, St. Petersburg Times: NO finer PR pro than Zack Bolno, who abruptly left Redskins.
Rick Maese, Washington Post: On personal note, Bolno was often a big help during a difficult stretch of team history. Good at his job and I'm sure he'll land on his feet
Paul Tenorio, Washington Post: Just heard about Zack Bolno leaving. He was always great to work with and great to deal with. Am sure he'll land on his feet somewhere soon.
Mike Jones, TBD: I'll miss Zack Bolno, no longer w Skins PR. complete class act. helped me learn pro sports coverage when i started out on the Wiz beat in 08
Samuel Chamberlain, TBD: Only knew Zack Bolno for a very short time, but he was always very good to me. He'll be missed by everyone who covers the Redskins.
Rich Campbell, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star: Shoutout to Zack Bolno, who has left Redskins PR. He always tried to ensure small newspapers like mine got equal treatment. He'll be missed
Rick Snider, Washington Examiner: Redskins PR man Zack Bolno leaves. 1 of best I've worked with in 32 years.
John Keim, Washington Examiner: The Redskins lose PR types all the time; but Bolno worked awfully hard and was accommodating. didn't play favorites.
Kevin Ewoldt, Hogs Haven: Late to the game, but Zack Bolno gave me my 1st access & credential to Redskins camp last year. Forever grateful & wish him the best.
Chris Miller, Comcast SportsNet: Just heard about my good friend Zack Bolno. When one door closes another opens. Praying for u buddy.
Kelli Johnson, Comcast SportsNet: He deserves better; Skins throwing another good guy under the bus!
Gary Bender, Comcast SportsNet: Bolno was a good guy, definitely made my job a bit easier... he'll be missed out in Ashburn
Ivan Carter, Comcast SportsNet: Bummer about Skins PR man Zach Bolno. A really good dude.
Chick Hernandez, Comcast SportsNet: Damn shame!!!! Not his fault.
Britt McHenry, WJLA: Zack Bolno is a great person and press representative.
Bruce Rader, WAVY: Redskins fire their Media guy Zack Bolno. I liked Zack, and this is not surprising as this happens every 2 years.
Chris Russell, ESPN 980: Wow! Redskins organization just took a major hit with Zack Bolno leaving. We had some early battles, but I had a ton of respect for him....A very unpopular decision based on players I have spoken with.
Lauren Houlon, ESPN 980: GREAT PR Guy! Zack helped me get into this industry & has supported my work every since. Thank you Zack!
Sky Kerstein, 106.7 The Fan: Sorry to hear about Zack Bolno, one of the real good guys in the industry, really too bad.
Grant Paulsen, 106.7 The Fan: Redskins media members will miss Zack Bolno. Very good guy and easy to work with. Somebody's PR staff will be getting an upgrade real soon.
Todd Wright, Sporting News Radio: As a Cowboy fan, I'm supposed to hate the Redskins. But I REALLY hate that today they fired longtime friend & respected PR man, Zack Bolno.
Mike Ryan, Dan LeBatard Show: Why did Zack Bolno lose his job with the Redskins? That guy's phone should be blowing up with offers already. Solid PR person.
Mike Prada, SB Nation: Former Wizards PR director Zack Bolno just got abruptly fired by the Redskins. A complete shock. Feel terrible for him.
Lisa Pagano, formerly of Washington Nationals: Sorry to hear about Zach Bolno - had a chance to work with him a few times over the years, always a great help.
Michael Hogan, University of South Florida: It's a shame of what the Washington Redskins did to PR guru Zack Bolno. He is a class guy and a credit to the profession.
Diane Chesebrough, Football News Now: Zack Bolno is a great guy. Can't imagine Redskins Park without him.
Warpath Confidential: Best wishes to departing #Redskins PR Zack Bolno, who deserves better. Great PR guy. Leonsis - are you paying attention? Hire Zack.
SB Nation DC: Want to wish Zack Bolno luck. The Redskins PR team and the franchise as a whole will miss him.
SkinsCast: Zack Bolno was a stand-up guy. By far the best PR guy we've worked with Redskins. Too bad they turn over so quickly in this business.
Real Redskins: Zack Bolno deserves kudos for going through the Jerry Gray interviewing for Jim Zorn's job fiasco, among many other issues.
Craig Mish, former co-worker: If there is an NFL, MLB or NBA team out there that wants the best...you go get Zach Bolno. End of story.
Phillip Daniels, Redskins: Dang I'm going to miss Zack Bolno. One of my all time favorite people. Thanks for all you have done for my family.
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