My newspaper career began as a sportswriter for The Anderson Herald. Sportswriters in those days had quite a bit of camaraderie as we hooked up socially and professionally in the course of doing our jobs.
Those days are long gone, and we’ve moved on. Most of us are retired, at least from full-time journalism. But as one of those sayings goes, old sportswriters never die, they just go into syndication.
Thus I was pleasantly surprised when the byline of Mike Lopresti began appearing in The Herald Bulletin recently. Since our days as young sportswriters for our respective papers, Lopresti moved up in the Gannett chain, plying his trade for USA Today before settling into the role of a syndicated columnist. I can relate.
He worked for the Richmond Palladium-Item when I was on the sports staff of The Anderson Herald, this newspaper’s predecessor. He worked under sports editor Jan Clark, moving up when Clark moved into a different phase of the Palladium-Item’s operation.
I started under O.W. “Red” Haven. Across the hall, Jack Martin was sports editor of the Anderson Daily Bulletin. Martin moved on, winding up at the Lafayette Journal-Courier, while I moved up at The Herald. After Haven’s death I was joined by Dave “Ace” Soverly, and later Kevin Lane. Martin’s successors were Sam Norris, Mike Brow, Tom Earl, Don Cronin, Mike Chappell and Ben Smith.
Our paths would cross with writers from other newspapers. Loquacious Clarence Young was at the Elwood Call-Leader, and often we would carpool to college football games or Cincinnati Reds games.
When we began covering the Indiana Pacers we encountered a statistician I remembered working for the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. Before long Joe Baker would wind up at The Herald Bulletin, where his positions were as diverse as mine over the years.