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Recently retired Mariners Senior VP/Communications RANDY ADAMACK over the past 44 seasons has "seen almost every bit of Mariners history and lived it from the inside." Adamack became a "part of the fabric" of the team, the "eternal voice of reason, the man able to answer every question and help navigate through every crisis." Adamack in '78 joined a "fledgling Mariners organization trying to grab the attention of Seattle." At times that involved "'jumping up and down' to remind both fans and media that they were there." Over time, Adamack's job title evolved as his responsibilities "expanded into marketing, promotions, broadcasting and beyond." His final position was Senior VP and Special Adviser to the Chair & CEO. What did not change was Adamack's "common decency and ability to relate to everyone, even as his scope of influence grew." Adamack a few years ago "reduced his workload and began the process of preparing others to take over his tasks." His final goal was to "help land the All-Star Game back in Seattle in 2023, which was accomplished with Adamack as the point man last September." Once the '23 All-Star Game was safely in hand, Adamack "began thinking seriously about retiring throughout last offseason." He knew the All-Star preparation was "in good hands" with Senior Dir of Experiential Marketing MANDY LINCOLN. Adamack "will remain involved with a pet project that involves working with a historian to capture the history of the Mariners franchise" (SEATTLE TIMES, 5/10).

FILM SCHOOL: Actor RAY ROMANO "will star and produce a new film" about the late JIM VALVANO. The script "will be written by JIM STROUSE." Romano "will produce with game1's BASIL IWANYKGREG ECONOMOU and MARK CIARDI." The Valvano family "will provide key resources for the film, serving as executive producers" (, 5/9)....An upcoming documentary about former tennis player BORIS BECKER is "heading to Cannes," with Lorton Entertainment "set to launch sales on the title" next week. The project from director ALEX GIBNEY, which is nearing completion, has "exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the former Grand Slam champion" (, 5/9).

NAMES: A Dallas police crash report said that the driver of the sedan Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES "T-boned last Wednesday in Uptown turned from the wrong lane." The sedan "turned directly in the path of the black Lexus that Jones was driving, and the two crashed" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/10)....The Mississippi Department of Human Services yesterday "sued" Pro Football HOFer BRETT FAVRE to "try to recover millions of misspent welfare dollars that were intended to help some of the poorest people in the U.S." State Auditor SHAD WHITE last year "demanded repayment of $77 million of misspent welfare funds from several people and groups, including $1.1 million paid to Favre, who lives in Mississippi." Favre "has not been charged with any criminal wrongdoing." White said that Favre was "paid for speeches but did not show up." Favre has "repaid the money." But White last October said that Favre "still owed $228,000 in interest" (AP, 5/9)....Former NFLer DERRICK FENNER is in the "early stages of developing a 300-unit affordable housing project" south of downtown Tacoma called Tacoma 300. Though Fenner has been a "silent investor on several Puget Sound-area commercial real-estate projects," this is the "first time he will be taking the lead" (, 5/10).

IN MEMORY: Former Ladd-Peebles Stadium GM and Senior Bowl Dir of Media Relations VIC NIGHT died Saturday morning at 62. Night was with the Senior Bowl from '88-08 before moving to his role with the stadium via the Mishkin Group. The Alabama Sports Writers Association "will honor him at their 50th annual banquet June 12 in Birmingham as a Hall of Honor recipient" (, 5/7).

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