Somewhere around four or five lifetimes ago, doing some networking, I had the chance to talk with him more than once.
He was easygoing, generous with his time and supportive of a young guy looking to climb up a few rungs of the ladder. He was someone who had reached an apex level of sportscasting, yet found the time to listen to the demo reel of a relative newbie.
He said he liked my work. "You have what it takes. Stick with it." I'll always appreciate and respect his selflessness and optimism, especially since I haven't always acted that way when others have reached out to me.
Dan was also an outstanding broadcaster.
My condolences go out to his family, friends, and legions of fans and admirers.