LONDON, ENGLAND -- Randy Starkman was renowned for his ability to be everywhere during the Olympics.
Flat Randy Starkman.
Randy Starkman's death in April left a significant void. His family has arranged its own "Flat Randy" tribute to remember him. July 2012
The Star's amateur sports reporter was so prolific throughout the 12 Games he covered it was as though his eyes, ears and reporter's notebook were at every race, game and match.
His memorial replacement is no different. Starkman's death in April has left a significant void at the Games -- precisely why his family has arranged its own "Flat Randy" tribute.
"It came out of asking the question, what are we going to do to commemorate my brother's memory?" said Laurie Starkman, Randy's brother.
A spinoff of "Flat Stanley" -- a popular literacy project that involves sending a paper cut-out all over the world and taking pictures of it -- the Randy dolls are paper cut-outs with a caricature of Randy, his notebook in tow.
The family has made about 50 and given several more to the Canadian Olympic Committee, meaning Randy's cartoon mug will be seen all over the Games. He's already been spotted in the media zone of the Olympic swimming facility.
Laurie Starkman had planned to meet up with Randy near the end of the London Games, then the two were to do some travelling together in Ireland. After Randy died, Laurie thought it would be a nice tribute to take Starkman's teenage daughter, Ella, to the Games instead.
She'll be the one handing out Flat Randys, which were designed and painted by another Starkman sibling, Fern -- "it was a family production," said Laurie.
On the back of each cut-out, there's space for Ella to write a little message, meaning she can personalize each Flat Randy for the athletes, journalists and Olympic attendees she encounters.
The project is extra meaningful, since Starkman was known for participating in Flat Stanley projects at local schools, taking pictures of the paper cut-outs with Olympic athletes.
-- Torstar News Services