One of the area's top sportswriters for many years, Tacoma native Stan Farber gave much of himself to local sports until he passed away on Sept. 5, 2005. He was born on November 22, 1941.
Stan's passion for Tacoma sports happenings really blossomed in the late 1950s while a student at Stadium High School. He served as sports editor of the Stadium High School student paper and as manager of the school's 1959 state championship basketball team.
After graduating from Stadium in 1959, Stan served as student sports information director at College of Puget Sound before graduating in 1963. Names and numbers of athletes at his two schools never escaped the mind of Farber, whose friends dubbed him "Facts" Farber.
In 1959, the same year that he graduated from high school, Stan started a 27-year career with the Tacoma News Tribune. Stan covered nearly every Tacoma area sport and every team. He was most proud of his coverage of the Tacoma Dome campaign when he championed the effort to build a "Dome of Our Own" before many others came forward.
Stan was also a big Seattle Mariners fan, particularly enjoying the home games. Prior to the Mariners' existence, however, he covered the 1969 Seattle Pilots for the Tacoma paper. He was a long-time Baseball Hall of Fame voter.
After leaving The News Tribune, Stan formed the Farber News Service, covering local sports for various media around the country. For many years, Stan was an active member of the Tacoma-Pierce County Baseball-Softball Oldtimers Association, helping to produce the souvenir program. Stan also helped establish the Nifty Fifties, an organization that caters to former 1950s era high school athletes.
These are just a few of the ways that Stan showed his commitment to his hometown, to its residents and to its wide variety of sports.
And you couldn't write a tribute about Stan Farber without acknowledging that he was the "King of Trivia." Farber delighted in compiling a long list of local sports trivia questions that invariably would stump his friends and acquaintances.