In the writing world, there is quantityÑthe number of stories a writer can produce every year, and there is qualityÑthe certain degree of excellence in those stories. In modern journalism, it is rare to find a writer who can provide both quantity and quality without compromising one for the other. The Richmond Times-Dispatch was fortunate to gain one of those said writers when Jerry Lindquist, a New York City native and Washington & Lee graduate, joined its staff in 1959. Just two weeks out of college and with only a little experience from a weekly newspaper in Red Bank, NJ, Lindquist would prove himself to be one of the Times-DispatchÕs most prolific writers. Over the years, he has won numerous Virginia Press Association writing awards.
Covering everything from the ACC to hockey to youth swimming, Lindquist was ambitious and always strove to do more for the newspaper. After seeing his first NASCAR race at the half-mile dirt Fairgrounds in Richmond in September 1959, he started the auto-racing beat at the Times-Dispatch, which he covered until 1969 before taking on the Richmond Braves and the old Southern Conference. A few years later, hockey was added to the roster of Richmond sports with the opening of the Coliseum in 1971. Lindquist asked to take over the hockey beat at the newspaper and covered the AHL Richmond Robins for the five years of their existence. He was named AHL Hockey Writer of the Year one season.
With the dissolution of the Robins, Lindquist went on to cover the University of Richmond, William & Mary, and other state schools prior to taking on the Virginia/ACC beat in 1984. His coverage of the Virginia Cavaliers spanned 17 years before he returned to his love of hockey and began covering the Richmond Renegades in 2000. Additionally, Lindquist covered the Richmond Kickers soccer team, horse racing, and arena football.
Lindquist continues to write for the Times-Dispatch, averaging more than 400 by-line stories a year for the past 20 years. Showing his versatility, he has also been the Radio/TV columnist since 1978, one year before the inception of ESPN.