The death of former Fresno State football coach Jim Sweeney made me recall the day back in the mid-1980s when I interviewed him about another death: The passing of Bill Sweeney, his father.
I was working at The Kingsburg Recorder. I had heard Jim refer to his father a hard-rock miner more than once. Fathers are important to sons. I phoned Jim and asked for an interview. He said yes.