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.

3 Comments on Remembering Rick Anderkin

  1. Teresa Isaac
    May, 23rd 2010 at 10:24 am

    Thank you for honoring the memory of Rick Anderkin. I had the pleasure of teaching his son Aaron at Transy and I know what a great heart both father and son have.

  2. Jamie Anderkin Bryant
    May, 24th 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you for this tribute to my most wonderful brother. He was a character, but he was always willing to help others. Our family appreciates your comments/tribute!

  3. Mike Marsee
    May, 25th 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you both for your comments. I know that anyone who operates a community newspaper has to care deeply about that community and its people, and yes, I also saw enough of him to know that he was a character, too.

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