Dave Solomon, a veteran sports columnist at the New Haven Register, was killed in a one-car accident on Interstate 91 in Middletown on Saturday, Aug. 6, while en route home after covering the University of Connecticut’s first football practice of the season. He was 59.
A 1974 graduate of UConn, Soloman began covering sports as a student journalist, rising to the position of sports editor of the school’s newspaper, Daily Campus. He joined the staff of the Hartford Times in November of 1973, moving over to the New Haven Register when the Times closed in October 1976. During the course of his 35-year career at the Register, Solomon covered everything from schoolboy sports to the pros. From Yankee Stadium to the fields at Yale, from Madison Square Garden to local high school gyms, he interviewed and wrote stories about the greats, the near greats and the wannabe-greats. Later in his career at the Register, Solomon was promoted to columnist. While he sometimes still covered games and wrote accounts of the exploits on the field, his “I Was Thinking” column allowed him to share his thoughts with readers every Sunday.
His writing was honored many times by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Associated Press and also received the Bill Keish Award for media service to the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He was also a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Pro Football Writers of America. Calling Solomon a “Connecticut journalistic institution,” Senator Joe Lieberman said “Dave will be deeply missed by all of us who enjoyed his sports reporting and insights into the athletics and people he covered for so many years.”
Solomon is survived by his wife, Judith (Koncki) Solomon of Meriden; his mother, Rae (Goldberg) Solomon of Delray Beach, Fla; his daughters, Lisa (Jason) Krull of Alexandria, Vir. and Abby Solomon of Sacramento, Calif.; his brother, Kenneth (Vicki) Solomon of Lake Worth, Fla.; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Pamela and Raymond Demeis, Barbara and Philip Hummelt, Daniel Koncki; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joseph and Lois Koncki. He was predeceased by his father, Gerald Solomon.