CUSA-fans.com Sports Staff Writer
Rick Atkinson is a freelance writer and editorial cartoonist. His stories
have been featured in newspapers across Texas including Sherman, Midland,
Wylie, Port Arthur and Borger, as well as on mckinneynews.net.
He's covered high school sports for various newspapers, including The Dallas
Morning News, since 2002.
Rick has covered SMU football and basketball for cusa-fans.com for three
years. His stories on former SMU greats have also appeared there and on
Rick's cartoons have been featured in Sherman's Herald Democrat, SMU's Daily
Campus, The Wylie News, theheckler.com and The Texas Herald. His high school
football cartoons have appeared in The Herald Democrat each fall for seven
He's a 1974 grad of Sherman High School and graduated SMU in 1978. Rick
played trumpet in SMU's Mustang Band.
After college, he was an officer in The Marine Corps for ten years, serving
as a helicopter pilot in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and making two ship-board
deployments to the Western Pacific. Rick was later a fixed-wing instructor
pilot at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas.
He was a commercial airline pilot for American Airlines for 13 years.
An SMU fan since he can remember, Rick is certain the Mustangs will rise again -
He and his wife of 20 years, Debbie, live in McKinney, Texas.
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