News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Brattleboro high school sophomore, Brandon Johnson, was chosen as an on-th-air Celtics "Fancaster" after auditioning for the part at the Boys and Girls Club. Fifteen-year-old Johnson was one of 200 regional boys and girls between 13 and 18 chosen for the honor, sponsored by Comcast. Johnson will interview one of Comcast SportsNet’s "Heroes Among Us," as well as a professional sports player sometime this year. The Brattleboro Reformer said Johnson did not let the fact of never having attended a professional sports game get in his way. "I worked a lot, practiced and stuck with it," Johnson said. "You have to stay confident, put a smile on your face and enjoy what you are doing.&quot. That’s good advice for all of us who will never get to the booth.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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