March 20, 2006
CARSON CITY – Don Quilici can sometimes smell a conspiracy. But because someone didn’t know the information they received should be kept a secret, the cat’s out of the bag.
Quilici, a lifetime Carson City resident, public access television show host and outdoors editor for the Nevada Appeal, will be honored tonight at the Ormsby Sportsmen’s Association meeting at the Carson Nugget. He is taking it all in stride with a touch of humbleness, after finding out March 21, 2006, has been proclaimed a day of honor of Don Quilici by Gov. Kenny Guinn.
Steve Robinson, deputy chief of staff to Gov. Guinn, called one of Quilici’s friends, Doug Busey, to get some information on him.
“Mr. Robinson approached me about a month ago,” Busey said. “Then Elaine (Don’s wife) helped out a lot and I submitted all the information to Robinson in person.
“I think the proclamation’s great. A lot of people tease Don and I do the same.
“But look at his achievements and who he’s helping, especially with the outdoors show. He had all kinds of people on to educate others on gun safety, boating safety, rattlesnake safety and training – it’s education.”
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“It doesn’t mean I’m going to stop teasing him.”
“He’s so excited,” Quilici’s wife, Elaine, said. “Initially, when he found out, he was totally surprised.
“Now, he’s very humbled. He doesn’t do things for recognition. This is a feather in his cap.”
Slick McCulloch, a friend of 40-plus years, also thinks it’s great that Quilici is being honored.
“He deserves it,” McCulloch said. “He’s a good guy, a good close friend, but a lousy fishing buddy.”
Quilici has taken many pot shots at his two fishing buddies, McCulloch and Norm Budden, but the two find ways to get even.
“We enjoy sticking it to him real good,” said Budden. “Then he pays us back.
“We do it to him and nobody else knows. Then he pays us back and it’s in print for thousands to read and tells us what fools we are. I think this is great. I’m happy for him.”
Robinson will present the proclamation at the meeting.
“Whenever he’s been asked (to serve) he’s always been there to do it,” Robinson said. “Not only of this administration but several others. Particularly wildlife issues.
“The governor thought it would be a good time to acknowledge that and this is one way we can do it. And it’s well-deserved in this case.”