In my 20-plus years as a reporter, I’ve written hundreds of feature stories. More times than not, you often lose track of your subject once the story is published.
For example, back in December of 2004, I wrote a story about U.S. Army Spc. Josh Schroder, then just 20 years old. Schroder had surprised his mom with a visit home from Iraq, and his mom had surprised him by drawing a large yellow ribbon in the driveway.
Flash forward to about three weeks ago. I’m talking with my upstairs neighbor, who had just moved in. He introduced himself as Josh, and said he was a West Haven firefighter. When I said I was a reporter at the Post, he said he was once in the Post. I kept my fingers crossed that it was for something good, and he began to tell the story of surprising his mom with a visit home from Iraq – the story that I had written. It really is a small world.