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Stan Isaacs knew his chocolate ice cream

Former Newsday sports columnist Stan Isaacs died in

Former Newsday sports columnist Stan Isaacs died in his sleep April 2, 2013. He was 83. Credit: Newsday

Stan Isaacs didn’t take himself too seriously, which is an excellent trait for a sportswriter, and one reason he has been celebrated in a series of tributes since dying Tuesday at 83.

The guy was an original, including in the field of sports media criticism, although when he became the first person to do it full time in the New York area in 1978 the simple column title “TV Sports’’ sufficed.

Isaacs and I had several conversations and email exchanges about the beat and how it has changed. (Four of his first five columns were about televised boxing!) But our last interaction came in 2010 and centered not on media matters but on his beloved Isaacs Ratings of Esoteric Distinction.

After decades of reading his trademark ranking of chocolate ice creams, topped by Berthillon of Ile Saint-Louis in Paris, I dragged the family there during a European vacation.

Soon I was delivering the happy news: “Stan, you were right.” He replied, “I know.’’

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