Perth Now sportswriter Graham Cornes led his defense of a departing Australian rules football executive with the words of America’s most quotable sf writer:
“YOU are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
So wrote famed American writer Harlan Ellison. It is unlikely that he has ever heard of Steven Trigg and the Adelaide Football Club, but his words are so appropriate for those who are quick to savage the departing Adelaide chief executive.
Just more proof of sf’s acceptance by the mainstream. It wasn’t always so. Sportswriters once limited their literary references to Shakespeare and the Bible. Grantland Rice dipped into scripture for his famous allusion to “the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” But if he might have quoted Johnny Weissmuller (the Olympic swimmer who became Tarzan) he wouldn’t have been caught dead quoting Edgar Rice Burroughs.