We lost legendary DFW sports voice Murphy Martin this weekend. Murphy was a good “Friend of Fish,’’ a frequent guest on our radio show, a giver of advice, a marvelous storyteller, a terrific guy. We recruit one member of “The 75-Member Staff’’ (Larry Legend) to write the obit on a man who has a full and rich "Zelig''-like lifetime:
A great man named Murphy Martin passed away this weekend. Friday would have been his 83rd birthday. Those who know Murphy know how fitting it is that he was born on the 4th of July!
It has been my great pleasure to become close friends with Murphy and his wonderful wife Joyce over the past several years.
Two more pleasant, loving and humble people you could never hope to meet.
Some might remember Murphy from his years as an anchorman on Channel 8 in Dallas.
Others might remember him for his years in the press box as a P.A. announcer for the Dallas Cowboys.
Others might remember him as a tireless worker and media advisor for Ross Perot during both his fight to bring home prisoners of war from Vietnam and Perot’s run for President of the United States.
Still others might remember his years as a newsman and reporter on both radio and TV in New York City.
Over the course of his many eventful years on this earth, Murphy saw and/or covered just about everything there was to see and cover.
He interviewed Martin Luther King Jr. upon his release from the Selma jail, he covered the JFK assassination, and much, much more...
I could go on for days about all the things Murphy did in his life, but I could never tell the story of his life as well as he told it himself in his wonderful book, "Front Row Seat."
Besides, the most telling thing about Murphy is that I never met a person who didn't like the man. Everywhere he went, regardless of the circumstances that placed him there, he made friends.
A classic example of this is that Murphy remained close friends with both Marina and Robert Oswald (the wife and brother of Lee Harvey Oswald) until the end. It's doubtful you could meet two people under more trying circumstances than Murphy first met them.
I will remember Murphy as my friend and somebody I loved.