A couple of years ago, I had a phone conversation with Stephenson, the father of one of Australia’s best cricketers.
“I have an idea, we can put a little bit of the Australian public on a TV show,” he said.
I don’t know what that would be called,” I said.
He replied: “We will put you on it.
We have a lot of great sports writers around.
“I thought he was joking, and the next thing I knew, he was pitching the idea to a national broadcaster and asked for a story.
He didn’t mention the idea of putting a man on the front page of the newspapers, but I knew what was coming.
He’d won a Test hundred in the IPL, won the IPF Shield, won a World Cup, won an Australian series and was a member of the IPC World Cup team.
But it was just as if I’d heard a noise in the house.
It was the sound of a person’s voice.
When Stephenson told me he’d done a story about the man who made me, I could see his smile brighten.
And then the shock hit me.
Stephenson’s story was about a man named Alan Williamson.
This was no ordinary cricketing journalist, or sports writer.
I’d been doing this kind of story for years.
Stephenson, a man who had never written a piece of journalism before, had told me about the story, about Alan Williamson, the man he’d made famous.
The next thing he told me was that he was working on a story on Alan Williamson himself, and that it would be a big story.
Stephensen had spent the last six months on the job, but it was clear he hadn’t quite grasped what he was up against.
One of the first questions he asked was: “What’s the deal with Alan Williamson?”
It was a question he was going to be asked a million times.
There was no question that I was interested in Alan Williamson as a man.
He was one of the best cricks I’d ever seen, a great friend of mine and a man with a very strong sense of honour.
Stephensson knew Williamson had been a man of honour in the past, as a result of his work with cricket Australia.
In 1996, Williamson won a Gold Coast Test match for Australia, after being named as captain in a match in the West Indies.
But that was the end of his career, and there was a time when he was thought to be a good cricketing writer, but he never really found his place.
In 1997, Williamson was approached by an agent who wanted to do a story for a sports publication, the Australian Sports Reporter.
At the time, there were just a handful of sports journalists who were good at writing about cricket, and Williamson was the only one of them.
Williamson agreed to do the story and was offered $10,000, but the money was not enough for Williamson to live on.
He had to live off the kindness of others, from fellow journalists to sponsors and people who knew him personally.
As a result, he didn’t want to give up his dream of becoming a professional writer.
He knew he had to give something back to his fans.
So, he put his name forward.
He told me that he’d worked hard on his story, and he’d put a lot into it.
I said: “Why didn’t you tell me that?”
And he said: “No, I didn’t.”
I was devastated, I was disappointed, I thought: “He has worked so hard for so long for nothing.”
And I thought, “Well, he’s a man, he deserves something.”
I called him up and asked him: “Stephenson?
You have to tell me about Alan.
“Stephenson was so angry.
He was just shocked and hurt.
I told him that he had done a lot to honour Alan Williamson and his achievements, but had to tell the truth.
StephenSON, who has since passed away, had to put in a lot more work.
Because he’d spent so much time trying to get the story to happen, he’d developed a new sense of self-worth and began to realise he was an icon.
It’s hard to believe he was so naive about the work he was doing.
Stephensey was never a cricket writer.
He never wrote a single article about the game.
All he did was write about cricket and put his own spin on it, using cricket as a tool for good and for evil.
But now he’s gone, Stephenson’s legacy is the same as it always has been.
It was this passion that made him so good at his craft.
People around the world will still remember the way he used the words he used to describe his story.
In an interview with the ABC in 2006, he said that he would never