KARNAC was in the early stages and Jack put out a plea for writers from every track. Since at that time my ex was racing at both Orlando and New Smyrna, I decided to volunteer to write for those two tracks. Jack was very happy and our long relationship began.
I did more talking to Jack on the computer back then and really didn’t know what he looked like until I finally did meet him face to face. Well, I must say, I had not expected a long haired old hippie but that was Jack. He could not have been nicer but just wasn’t what I was expecting either.
Jack had come to Orlando SpeedWorld because of B.J. McLeod and it was B.J.
's mom who actually introduced Jack and me. But like I said, I wasn’t expecting the long hair at all.
As I got better at writing, since I had not really done it before, Jack would have me cover some races for KARNAC. I spent a number of nights at USA International with the Hooter’s Cup racers, went to Volusia to cover David Hutto with the Goody’s Dash Cars, and did some traveling with the Florida Pro Series when it was the only Super Late Series at the time. Sometimes Jack would be there also and others it was just me but we kept in touch by phone as to what he wanted.
He is the one who told me to write for the News Journal when they asked and Florida Today because I was alittle scared but he told me that I could do it and I did. And I would still be writing for Florida Today if they had not had so many budget cuts but they did and local racing was one of the first to go.
But the year my dad was Grand Marshall for the Governor’s Cup, Jack could not have been happier. He always wanted to come to Merritt Island and just sit and talk to dad, pick his mind so to speak, on writing. I am sorry that never happened but dad said it was fine with him if Jack ever wanted to come.
Jack is the one who got me and my daughter on a racing radio show in Brevard County and the one who got me writing for RacingDiva that I loved. At one point, Jack told me that I must have a 100 stories that I had written on racing, not race results stories, but stories about racing. He always pushed me to do more because he said you could feel my heart when I wrote.
And I know that if it wasn’t for Jack, I would have never found out that writing was what I was meant to do and that I was more like my dad than I knew. So thank you Jack for making me see who I was. I promise that I will never forget you and will see you again I know. But thank you for all the memories and being such a nice long haired hippie.