2014 Bassmaster BASSfest at Chickamauga Lake Chickamauga Lake - Dayton, TN, Jun 11 - 15, 2014

Oh, BTW: Aaron Martens

Aaron Martens and his family celebrate as he wins the 2013 Toyota Angler of the Year title.

About the author

Don Barone

Don Barone

db has been in the reporting biz for over 30 years, won some Emmys and other awards, but is proudest of his four-decade marriage, his two kids and the fact he founded Tackle The Storm Foundation to help children.

“Crowded hallways are the loneliest places…”

Dateline:  BASSfest

This is for all of you out there who have never, been noticed.

For you, in the back of the room.

The last desk in Geography class.

You who never shout, you who never raise your hand, you in 4-door sedans and not tight clothes.

Why is it that we in the media gravitate to those in spike heels, and not the folks in flip flops.

If you wear a sign that says, come see me…we will.  Wear a wife-beater white tee shirt at a disaster; you’ll lead the 6 o’clock news.

I know, I’ve put you there.

And to those in the back of the room, I apologize.  It is easy to cover, to write about those in the front row, the 2nd, the 3rd row, but you there in the back, you’re tough.

Moths, we, drawn to those in the lights… when, in fact, the greatest stories are found in the shadows.

For the first two decades of my life, the planet had no idea I was here.  When I went to my high school’s 30-something reunion, this happened over and over again, a classmate would come up to me, say hello, shake my hand, look down at my high school yearbook photo pinned to my chest, look at my name tag, look at me,

and have no idea who I was.

I could have gone to any high school reunion anywhere, and felt just the same.

I’m the classmate, most never knew. And, to those who did, I was the weird one, surely a dummy, maybe worse.

Maybe, worse.

I wasn’t bullied, just ignored, and that may be just as bad.

So for you in the shadows, for you who whisper, this one is for you, this one is about Elite angler Aaron Martens.

And he’s one of us.

“…so your confidence is quiet…”