I once spent six hours carving the face of my then-boss, Steve Dick, into a pumpkin.
It was the end of October 2012, my first week as a reporter for The Herald Bulletin, and I'd been charged with producing the newsroom jack-o-lantern for Halloween.
That night, I sat cross-legged in my living room, surrounded by moving boxes, studying an enlarged printout of Steve's staff photo: a suit, tie and a nervous, slightly crooked grin that would eventually come to grow on me.
I think that's what I'll miss most.
Steve Dick, a longtime journalist who'd worked for The Alexandria Times-Tribune, Kokomo Tribune and, most recently, as associate editor for The Herald Bulletin, died Sept. 10 of natural causes at his home in Muncie. He was 60.
Many of you knew Steve, or, at least, his words. You've had him to your home, eaten breakfast, sipped coffee and read his thoughts on politics and local news.
Steve was kind of "the guy" for politics, and was known for his column and award-winning editorials fueled by talent, insight and (as always, with Steve) Diet Mountain Dew.
I no longer work for The Herald Bulletin, nor do I live in Anderson. But I know they've both lost something special with Steve's passing — a committed journalist, an encouraging leader and a slanted, uniquely-Steve smile that once took me almost two hours to copy onto a pumpkin, using a photo for reference.
Now, after seeing Steve grin behind his desk every day for almost a year, I think I could do it from memory.
I'm glad for that.
Baylee PulliamLouisville, Ky.