Thirty-eight years ago today, this happened. About a month later — with two years of interviewing and writing about the likes of Jackie Sherrill, Shelby Metcalf, Bear Bryant, Grant Teaff, Gary Kubiak, Eric Dickerson, Akeem Olajuwon and Doug Flutie under my belt while working at Texas A&M’s student newspaper, The Battalion — I started as a sports writer at The Odessa American.
Although I left sports writing decades ago to move into full-time editing, the passion for writing that propelled me into journalism still burns. I let the words flow when time allows here on my blog, on Facebook, occasionally for The Dallas Morning News, in the pieces I’ve written and won awards for at the Mayborn literary competition, and with the freelance stories I’ve been writing in recent months for Methodist Health System.
And, 38 years and only three newspapers later (The Odessa American, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News), I’m still joining a remarkable team of journalists in the daily mission of reporting the news — and fighting an ongoing fight for survival.
I didn’t see us being in this fight when I graduated from Texas A&M in 1983, but this is where we are, and we’re doing our damnedest to keep local journalism alive. We could all use your help. Wherever you are, please, please support your local newspaper. Thank you.