Tom Yorke, 73, Sports Writer - October 17, 2003
Mr. Yorke retired in March 2000 from The Washington Times, where he was a copy editor for the Metropolitan section. He also had been the newspaper's People columnist in the 1980s. He had joined the staff in February 1982.
Attribution: The Gale Group, The Washington Times,
Reply by Russ White on - Tommy Yorke was a wonderful friend and as enthusiastic a chap I met in the newspaper business. I fondly recall his patience and prodding as I filed by first byline story for the Washington Daily News in 1957. The News had hired me as a 17-year-old copy boy and one of the perks was a chance to cover Georgetown University basketball games for the sports section. I came back after a game and began writing my first story. Tommy wasn't satisfied with my initial effort, nor the second or third rewrite. He encouraged me to keep on plugging. Years later after I had served as a Navy journalist with the Sixth Fleet, I was rehired by the News as a sportswriter. Tommy had the Redskins beat and at 22 the Senators baseball beat was mine. We also worked the desk at night - one the early shift (6 to 10 pm), the other the late shift (10 to 2 or 3 a.m.) Frequently, the guy who had the late shift made his own story the lede - with a 48 point tempo heavy headline and dropping the other's to a 36 point tempo heavy. It was a friendly in-house competition. Tommy and his wife Nancy were with us when my wife DeeDee and I married in 1967 and I have a feeling that he and Hank Fankhauser had something to do with the wedding picture that appeared in the Monday paper - good guy Tommy had the lede story that day.