Originally published in the 9/1/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News.
Some 30 years later, I had an older gentleman passing by the Yellowstone County News’ booth at the MontanaFair when he was looking at the TV screen with a business card on it that had the name of Jonathan McNiven on it.
He stopped dead in his tracks and then said to me, “Jonathan McNiven? Are you Jonathan McNiven?”
I quickly responded with my hand outstretched as to shake his, “Well, it depends,” jokingly I said with a smile.
He said, while he shook my hand, “I taught you how to play the harmonica a long time ago when you were a little boy at the Billings Night Rodeo when you were about 8-9 years old at the Ramada Inn off Mullowney Lane.”
I immediately said, “Dick Hatfield?” with a question in my voice. He said, “Yes, I am Dick Hatfield.”