“I decided I wanted to have one of the most organized good-byes in recorded history and I think I will be successful.” — Martin Manley, 1953-2013
Sports journalist Martin Manley, who left the Kansas City Star in early 2012, killed himself Thursday on his 60th birthday in front of a police station. He left a lengthy explanation on a website. An excerpt:
When I considered the options of living to be old and all the negatives associated with that alternative, I knew there was no way on earth I was going to allow myself to deal with such an intolerable situation. In order to guarantee that I avoided it, I also knew that I had to commit the act before I was incapacitated and unable to carry it out.
The thought of being in a nursing home, physically or mentally disabled, was the single scariest thing I had ever thought about – at least on this earth.
He writes of his Kansas City Star tenure:
My job was in dealing with sports statistics. Having written three books on sports stats and numerous articles, it was a natural fit for what I figured would be the last 10 years of my life. I didn’t quite make it. I left the Star after seven years and left the world after nine. But… close enough.
Manley adds that he loved the job “for all but the final six months … when I felt my personal situation was becoming untenable.”
It never ceased to amaze me how every single day at The Star we would come into work late in the afternoon with nothing, and by midnight we would have this multi-colored many-paged mini-magazine. A few hours later, everyone in Kansas City that wanted it would have it at their door. Lots of stories, data, information – all of it checked and double-checked and as timely as our deadlines would allow.
This is the August 15, 2013, entry on his blog, Sports in Review: “This is my final post on Sports In Review and the reason is pretty major. Before I get into that, I want to say how much I appreciated being able to follow my passion regarding statistics – more specifically, sports statistics – for so many years. It’s been a blast and I’ve had a great opportunity to make a contribution to the many areas that make up this subject.”
THEBLEMISH.COM: “It’s no doubt an interesting read but one part of the website is starting to overshadow the rest. The location of his buried treasure. That’s right. Martin Manley left the GPS coordinates to his wealth.”
* Martin Manley: My Life and Death (martinmanleylifeanddeath.com)
* Read the Kansas City Star’s story on its former employee’s suicide (kansascity.com)
* Earlier: Stats freaks rejoice – Martin Manley is back (bottomlinecom.com)