Mike Bonnicksen came to the photography department in February of 1984. Like former photographer Kelly Gillin and myself, he was hired with the recommendation of then darkroom technician John Barta to do his job on Saturdays. Mike’s talent for capturing a story-telling moment propelled him to become a staff photographer for the department.
Not too long after Mike was hired, he was given the assignment to photograph the Olympic torch ceremony on July 4, 1984, from the press box at the Apple Bowl. Kelly and I were photographing the event from other angles but Mike’s resulting photograph beat out our efforts and may be the only one ever published over the entire front page.