Editor's note: Miles Moore spent more than four decades covering the tire and rubber industries for Crain Communications Inc. He retired in April 2020, after spending his entire 43-year career with Tire Business, and sister publication Rubber & Plastics News. Mr. Moore is one of just four individuals being honored this year by the Tire Industry Association. He will receive the Friend of the Industry Award on Nov. 1 during TIA's Centennial Celebration events in Las Vegas, prior to the opening of the SEMA Show.
I never thought in the first 22 years of my life that I would spend the next 43 writing about tires.
Like all of my other journalism school friends in the 1970s, I had big dreams — not so much of being Woodward or Bernstein, in my case more like Roger Ebert.
But, also like my other journalism school friends, I needed a job, and a friend from Akron told me about a Help Wanted ad in the Akron Beacon-Journal for an assistant editor at a publication that covered the tire and rubber industries, called Rubber & Plastics News.
I started in Akron two days after I graduated. Three years later, they transferred me to Washington, and three years after that, when they started a second publication, Tire Business, I took on the Washington duties for that, too.
There I stayed until I retired last year.
Roger Ebert I wasn't. But obviously, I liked the job.