February 20, 2013

Direct Kick: A humbling experience


To slightly change a line from Bob Seger’s “Like A Rock,” “Thirty years now, where did they go. Thirty years, I don’t know. Sometimes I sit and I wonder, where they’ve gone.”

Last Tuesday night, before the South Laurel-Madison Central boys’ basketball game, I was given a plaque by South Laurel athletics director Keith Gilbert celebrating my 30 years in the newspaper business.

First off, I was very touched by the honor, and really wasn’t expecting anything like it. I only found out a week before that they were planning on doing this. Now some of you might find this hard to believe, but being honored in public is something I try to avoid as much as possible. I’m not a glory hound. In fact, I’m the furthest thing from that. I’m actually a pretty private person.

But yes, this marks my 30th year in the newspaper business, either full time, part time, or freelancing. That’s a lot of years to stay in one profession. And to tell you the truth, not something I expected or planned on.

Oh sure, I took journalism my senior year at Laurel County High School, mostly because I thought it would be an easy class and it would get me out of the classroom, which I took full advantage of. Many an afternoon I spent goofing off in the gym because I was “working on a story” for the Cardinal Classic, the school newspaper, which sadly, no longer exists. Neither high school has a school paper, and that’s a shame. I have to give a big thank you to Janis Scoville, who was my journalism teacher. I didn’t know it at the time, but she sure shaped what my future turned out to be.

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