Local Historian Phil James Honored

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VOWA president Terry Lewis (right) congratulates Phil James upon his recognition as the Bob Gooch Outdoor Column Writing Award winner for 2009. Photo by Sally James.

Crozet local historian Phil James, known for his “Secrets of the Blue Ridge” column in The Crozet Gazette, received the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association’s Bob Gooch Outdoor Column Writing Award for his article “Tales of the Hunt” [Nov. 2009] at the VOWA annual meeting March 17 in Charlottesville.

The award honors the memory of Bob Gooch, known as the Dean of Virginia Outdoor Writers, whose syndicated column “Virginia Afield” once appeared in 25 newspapers across the state. Over his 40-year career, Gooch penned nearly 2,000 magazine articles and 20 books.

Individual submissions for this year’s award were judged by members of the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association through a reciprocal agreement with the VOWA.

James said he is preparing a book version of his columns.