I went to work for the Union-Bulletin on Sept. 1 of 1968, and my very first assignment was to interview Whitman College coach Roy Thompson at a practice field adjacent to Borleske Stadium for a story in the next day’s paper about the Missionaries’ football team.
A few days later, I met Felix Fletcher at the Wa-Hi campus and interviewed the legendary Blue Devils football coach for a preview story I wrote on that weekend’s game.
As I look back now after all of the years, I’m gratified to know that was a pretty impressive one-two punch to start out one’s daily newspaper journalism career.
With the exception of one hot summer spent in Phoenix, Ariz., in the early 1970s, I’ve worked for the Union-Bulletin ever since that first day of September in 1968. I’ve gone from part-timer to full-timer to sports editor and now, in my “Golden Years,” I’m once again on part-time status.
And enjoying every minute of it.
In this most recent — and last — role with the U-B, I get to write columns and feature stories on a regular basis, stories I never seemed to find the time to write as the lead person in the sports department. At the same time I am able to keep a hand in the daily operation of the paper by helping out whenever the staff is shorthanded or the workload is heavy.
My strength as a small-town sports journalist, as I see it, is that I know the territory. Sports traditions run deep in this valley, and I’ve been a first-hand observer over the past 45 years. I try to put this knowledge to good use whenever I can.
My wife Margaret and I have seven children, 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who keep us busy. We also love to travel, which we are now able to do more often.
In my spare time, I’m a regular at the YMCA fitness center and a semi-regular on the golf course.
When the sun creeps above the rim of the Blue Mountains Saturday morning at exactly 7:32.29, it will mark the dawn of the shortest day of the year.
The four-team playoff that will determine this year’s college football national championship is a better format than any previous method of crowning a champion.
The cream almost always rises to the top, and this year is no exception.
Jim Greene saw it coming midway in the season.
Could this be the week for long winning streaks to come to an end?
It would be wrong to suggest the Touchet High football team underachieved in 2014.
TOUCHET — The sun set on Touchet High’s 2014 football season here Saturday afternoon, a brilliant golden disc descending upon a frozen landscape. Four uncharacteristic turnovers and a costly roughing-the-kicker penalty proved to be more than the Indians could overcome as visiting Cusick sandwiched 21 unanswered points around the halftime break and defeated Touchet 34-28 in the first round of the Washington Class 1B-8 state playoffs.
Snow is in the forecast, and the temperature isn’t expected to reach 30 degrees for the playoff game at 1 p.m. Saturday.
W-P coach Jeff Bartlow feels his team is faster than the Tigers headed into their state playoff Friday night.
Pomeroy’s road trip north of Spokane will be much easier if the Pirates can win their playoff game Friday.