Good-bye to Walt Ahrens, my father, one-time racing star and Ford guy to the end

On the first green flag lap of the session, Walt barreled too hot into Turn One, looped around high in the groove, and nearly caused a big collision. … More Good-bye to Walt Ahrens, my father, one-time racing star and Ford guy to the end

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Lloyd Stites regretted having to dial back his Santa duties in 1989

Lloyd Stites depended on two strategies when playing Santa in Tecumseh, Michigan. One was to wear mittens, covering up parts of two fingers that he’d lost to a snowblower. The other was to tell the truth: His yellow truck–not reindeer–brought him to meet the kiddies. … More Lloyd Stites regretted having to dial back his Santa duties in 1989

Remembering a special news story and getting an update on a special person

Sometimes I remember a story written years ago and wonder what happened to the subject. Katie Mattie, for instance, was a charming high school senior who’d composed a novel, the first in a projected four-volume series about teenage girls receiving powers from the Greek gods to defeat the Titans. Katie had even landed a literary agent … More Remembering a special news story and getting an update on a special person