Remembering Rick Anderkin
Permit me a personal note to mark the passing of Rick Anderkin, the editor of the Mount Vernon Signal, who died Wednesday at age 48.
Anderkin gave me my first “professional” sportswriting position in 1983 when he accepted my offer to cover Jackson County’s boys and girls basketball teams as a stringer for the Jackson County Sun, which his family owned at the time. I was a high school senior who had been bitten by the newspaper bug a year earlier in my school’s journalism class, and Anderkin gave me the chance to write and a little walking-around money to boot. Some 2 1/2 years later, he gave me a summer job at the Sun, where I didn’t write much sports but did do everything from driving Anderkin’s truck with the press run to the Sun office in McKee and addressing copies for mail subscribers to typesetting obits and answering the phone.
I owe whatever I have done in my career to a small handful of people who gave me opportunities along the way, and Anderkin is high on that list. Our paths usually crossed once or twice a year at a football or basketball game, and I probably should have told him that.
Sports fans in this area would have seen Anderkin shooting photos at many Rockcastle County sporting events, including the 47th District and 12th Region championships won by the Rockcastle girls basketball team. His son, Aaron, was a football, baseball and basketball star at Rockcastle who went on to pitch for the Eastern Kentucky baseball team, and daughter Megan played volleyball for Rockcastle.
My condolences to the Anderkin family and to all his friends in Rockcastle County and beyond.