Just fought my way out of the woods in a pouring rain, arrived home and had a message from Roy Neves, owner/publisher of Texas Fish & Game Magazine, that the editor of that publication, Don Zaidle, passed away in his sleep Saturday night. This is tough news, as Don was truly one of the good guys in the outdoor magazine business, and a real professional – as well as quite an interesting character. He will be missed – a bunch!
I first actually met Don in the hallway between sessions at a Texas Outdoor Writers conference in McAllen several years back. After that conversation, I talked Don into letting me take over an Offshore column for TF&G, in return for also doing the Galveston area column. The offshore deal died out through lack of interest, but I still do the Galveston column, and several feature assignments each year for the magazine. Over the years we discovered mutual interests in old rifles and cooking and eating wild pork products – among other things.
Anyone not familiar with Don can go on the TF&G website and go back through his editorial columns and get a real feeling of who he was, as he expressed his opinions each month, in a singular way. He was really “one of a kind”! Also, the December issue of TF&G will be a “tribute” to Don.
RIP, Don, ’till we meet again.