Naming the Davidson Field press box after Roger Carlson just makes sense. The former Daily Pilot sports editor spent a lot of his time working in the press box at Newport Harbor High, covering his favorite sport of football.
Carlson worked at the Pilot for 39 years. He started as a part-time reporter in 1964 and was the sports editor from 1988 to 2003. He paid close attention to providing fair, comprehensive and positive coverage of the Newport-Mesa high schools. The Pilot will always be known as the newspaper for which Roger Carlson worked.
Carlson retired in 2003, but before then he had reached iconic status among local high school sports. A celebration is in order. A tribute to the man is needed.
When he retired, Carlson tried to leave quietly, with little fanfare. He didn't care for parties in his honor. It's a way he went about his work, behind the scenes and always wanting to be better than the previous day.