Talking to strangers is one of my favorite things.
As a kid, I often got in trouble for it. Perhaps that’s why I eventually turned to journalism. Well, that and the procrastinator in me just loves being backed up against deadline.
What struck me as a child still strikes me now. Every person has a story.
Forgive me for being nosy, but I want to know yours.
That’s why I’m enlisting your help. I want to meet you. Let’s not be strangers. As much as I enjoy meeting strangers, I love getting to know strangers even more.
Whether it’s a phone call, an email or through any of the myriad social networks, I hope you’ll reach out. I promise not to bite.
I got into journalism because I wanted to meet people and share their stories. I met a man named Denny Taylor while working at The Greeley Tribune this past summer. Taylor, 72, is a former world champion power lifter who coaches and mentors at-risk kids. He does so out of a garage he converted into a weight room sometime in the 1970s. It still looks like the ’70s in there, missing only a disco ball.
Stories on a page are nothing without the people inside of them, the people who jump out, shake your hand and jump back into the story as you continue poring through the text.
Somebody you know — maybe you — could be the person flying off that page.
With that said, I want all of you to know how seriously I take this job. Sure, we’re not talking life and death. Those are the two events most likely to earn someone a mention in the paper, though.
That’s why, when someone is featured in a story, it’s so important to get things right.
My first week at the Fort Collins Coloradoan as the new high school sports reporter has been hectic. It’s been fun, too.
The fun won’t stop with this week, though. We’ve got regional and state wrestling tournaments, impending playoff basketball and a spring sports season just around the corner.
Those events are sure to garner interest. Sports success is celebrated, and justifiably so. That success doesn’t become memorable until we place a human face on the feat, though.
We all know this. Name the last faceless champion this country has crowned.
Peyton Manning may be praised for his mechanical precision on the football field, but he’s loved because of his humor and approachability. Ray Lewis may be off sharpening his antlers, but we know his story.
Alright, the last one maybe didn’t apply. The point is, you make the stories I tell complete.
Whether you’re a concerned reader, wondering why in the world I put a comma in a certain sentence or a parent applauding our coverage of your child, I want to talk with you.
Whether you’ve never read The Coloradoan (until now) or you’ve been a subscriber for 25 years, I want to talk with you.
If your name happens to be Peyton Manning or Ray Lewis, I want to talk to Peyton. Ray, you can maybe just send an email.
Don’t be a stranger.
Tyler Silvy covers high school sports for The Coloradoan. Reach him at (970) 224-7748 or via email at TylerSilvy@coloradoan.com.