Homer Circle, known affectionately as Uncle Homer to many, died at 97.
If you are a fisherman over 30, chances are good Uncle Homer touched you in some way over the years.
He was the longtime fishing editor for Sports Afield, and the author of many books and too many magazine articles on fishing to count.
I remember sitting in class in high school with a Sports Afield held between the cover of whatever text book we were supposed to be reading, devouring every word in his stories.
He wasn’t a fancy writer. His style was simple and spare, and that’s part of what made it so appealing to the masses.
I have never consciously tried to come up with a personal style for my writing, but it tends toward simple and conversational, and I suspect part of the credit should go to Circle, who was among the most powerful influences during my formative years.
Fortunately for sportsmen, even though Uncle Homer is gone, much of his great, influential work is still out there for us to enjoy.