Thank You Karl Wickstrom for 82 years
"Thank You Karl. Your lifes work will benefit all of us for many years to come".
Karl Wickstrom, 82, founder of Florida Sportsman magazine, tireless champion of clean water, marine conservation and recreational angler access, passed away Monday night in Stuart. The cause of death has not been determined, but Wickstrom had been previously diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila, four children and three grandchildren.
Ink in his blood
Wickstrom was born in 1935 in Rock Island, Illinois. Throughout his life, he championed anglers’ rights and marine conservation causes in Florida.
Wickstrom earned a journalism degree from the University of Florida and soon after began his career as a sports reporter. In 1960, he moved to Miami to work for the Miami Herald as an investigative journalist, winning state and national awards for reporting on corruption in public affairs.
In 1969, he founded Florida Sportsman (first titled Florida and Tropic Sportsman), engaging Vic Dunaway, at the time a well-known outdoors writer at the Herald, to lead editorial efforts at the new magazine.