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Delta throwback: Pap takes over Optimist's sports

Pap admitted he was nervous taking over the sports editor’s chair in 1976
Elliott Pap (seated) reviews a page layout with Mike Gasher. Papp was from Montreal and previously worked for a news publication in that city.

Let’s take a trip back to October 1976 when a new sports editor joined the Delta Optimist’s staff.

Elliott Pap replaced Mike Gasher, who was moving on after a 19-month stint in the position.

In his first column, Pap said he had some big shoes to fill (size 12 to be exact) and his first bit of business would be snooping around local locker rooms to see what he could find.

Pap would go on to join the Vancouver Sun in 1978, having a colourful career writing sports including following the Canucks. He called it a career in 2015.

Also having a distinguished career, Gasher wrote for other publications in a variety of roles over the coming decades. He was also a professor of journalism.

He passed away in September 2022.

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