What Did I Have To Lose? (a tribute to Don Gackle)
Back in 1972 a stranger walked into my life and changed it forever after.
That man was Don Gackle, publisher of the McLean County Independent in Garrison, North Dakota. He took a chance on me when he hired me to be a reporter for his country weekly newspaper. I had just been fired from a Hastings, Minnesota newspaper and came with a miserable recommendation from that paper’s publisher.
For the next few years Don would help shape my life, my writing and my editing. For the chance he gave me, I owe much of what followed in the years to come. This pamphlet is a tribute to Mr. Gackle–the finest boss I ever had.