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Friends Cheer Dickenman At Retirement Roast

Friends Cheer Dickenman At Retirement Roast

Howie Dickenman knew those charged with the task of putting him in an uncomfortable spot Saturday night had all kinds of ammo, professional lifetimes of behind-the-scenes moments, spot-on impersonations of his gravelly voice, unique windows into his idiosyncratic ways.

This was billed as a roast, and Dickenman would get the parting shot. He, too, was prepared. But when he stepped to the lectern as the final speaker, his initial message was less about defense and retaliation than a simple thank you. "I feel bad," he said. "I had a lot of comments I wanted to make, but everyone was so kind."

Then Dickenman ripped everybody around him, anyway. And that was a...