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I have no organic segue for the following, but I feel a need - as part of closure, perhaps? - to share with you, the people I "talk to" on a daily basis, the news that my father passed away last Tuesday, hence my weeklong absence. John Mitovich, 80, had a degree in journalism, yes, from OSU, but made his career as a business leader in Fairfield County, Connecticut. (If I may proudly "brag" a bit, the Stamford paper paid him tribute Thursday with a Page 3 write-up.) Dad was the best - and that's not just "my take."