If you’re in the journalism business, two things are certain. First, you will make a mistake (more than likely several) along the way. The second is what happened on Sunday at Dirt Trackin’ 2012.
While walking through the York Expo Center’s east hall and admiring the open-wheel cars, I heard someone shout my name.
That’s usually not a good sign, but not in this case.
I walked over and he said, “I bet you don’t remember me.” Admitting that was, in fact, the case, he introduced himself as Rick Tanner.
That brought back a long-suppressed memory of a story I wrote about a child who was pursuing a go-kart racing career while I was working more than 30 years ago at the daily newspaper in Milton.
It turns out Ricky Tanner, as I called him then, is now 39 years old and moved to West York from Watsontown, the town north of Milton where I myself lived. several years go. He also is the father of children whom he expects to race this season at Hunterstown Speedway.
The go-kart bug never left Ricky Tanner himself. He was promoting his own business, BBT Starters, which sells starters for go-karts.
The card he gave me says, “Rick Tanner,” but after sharing memories and news about the towns where I used to work and live, he remains “Ricky Tanner” to me.