Davidson Field at Newport Harbor High is a unique high school football venue. Well, it's assuredly rare in Orange County.
There are wooden benches in the stands for seating. The field is not made up of the latest artificial turf, but of grass. Davidson Field is old school.
It only makes sense to have the same type of aura for the name of its press box.
That name became official Thursday, a special night for a special man.
In big, blue lettering the name was unveiled before a football game: Roger Carlson Press Box.
Mr. Roger Carlson, the former sports editor of the Daily Pilot, who worked at the paper for 40 years, said he was overwhelmed to see such a sight, which came on his 75th birthday.
Is old school a fair assessment of Carlson?
"Oh yeah," Carlson said, as he chuckled. "I have to admit that."
There are many ways to describe old school. Carlson showed it in his writing, his editing and his dealing with people. He made sure to never publish anything negative about a high school athlete in a game setting. He only wanted the positive published.