No one knew it at the time, but baby Nicky Don Gholson would one day be there when thousands woke up every morning.
Sometimes you agreed with his columns, sometimes not, but he always made you think.
Over the years he was even accused of playing favorites.Not so, but he did take pride in being a graduate of Wichita Falls High School. And his smile was a bit bigger when the Coyotes won on Friday nights.
He also took pride in seeing Midwestern State basketball achieve success.Until chemotherapy treatments sidelined Nick in 2012, he had attended 89 straight playoff games over 32 seasons.
His chair at the 2012 Lone Star Conference tournament sat empty.
But he was back in his familiar seat when the Mustangs returned to D.L. Ligon Coliseum where MSU earned a regional title. And Nick experienced one of the highlights of his career, participating in the postgame net-
"Oh man that was amazing," said Gholson on March 13, 2012. "It was Hag's (MSU coach Nelson Haggerty) idea. The love that's been shown by all the people at Midwestern. Dr Rogers a while ago offered to buy my ticket to the elite eight but i start chemo Monday and i have chemo Monday and Wednesday so i had to say no. It's hard to say no when you get an offer like that. But it's pretty cool. To stand up there and be a part
of this team. It's more fun than working. I may just start going to games and not working any more. I mean it's amazing what this team has done. My alma mater. This is fun."
In his later years he's covered the Olympics, the World Series and of course was regular on Sundays at Cowboys games.
Nick was passionate about being at games and then sharing his perspective with readers the next morning with words understood by the common man.
I've been lucky enough to share hotel rooms with him and see him at work, approaching deadlines, but not willing to sacrifice thoughts or facts for his story.
One sport he didn't care much for....soccer. The U.S. Women's national team and moreso, his grandson Nicholas, changed his opinion. Nick often shared stories of looking forward to his grandson's next game.
41 years years sharing stories.
Talented enough he could have worked for any publication in the country.
But proud enough to call the Times Record News his employer since 1972. And Wichita Falls his home.
A husband, father and a grandpa.
A sports fan.
A newspaper man who now has the best seat for any game he wants to watch.
Services have been set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
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