Short Stories by Rick Jankowski

Speculative and Sensitive Fiction


Hi folks,

It's closure time.  I retired in Jan., 2020, but because Covid shut everything down, never got to say goodbye to everyone I worked with. So, here goes. ( I had to split this post into a few parts, so I could say goodbye to everyone.)

To the folks I worked with at Much Shelist: Thanks down the years for hiring me - a raw college grad who didn't know an inbox from an outbox. Working there was like working with my family. You patiently nurtured me until I could juggle a hundred projects and not miss a legal detail or deadline. You gave me the foundation that allowed me to have a thirty-five year career in Legal – and, when I finished my graduate degree, graciously steered me toward a management position at another firm.  I haven't forgotten.

To the folks I worked with at Katten: Thanks for the decades of friendship and camaraderie. At Katten, I had the opportunity to work in almost every administrative area of the firm and loved every minute of it. Sandy, Elaine, Donna, Matthew, David, Lisa, Jeannie, Koz, Chester, Bob. Rodney, Buddy, Cathy, Mike, Sharon, Carol, Kirk, Patrick, Bill, Neal and folks too numerous to mention: You challenged me to be the best manager I could possibly be. You taught me the business of law, when to be compassionate, when to be tough, and, most of all, how to get stuff done.  And wow, did we get stuff done. It seemed like we rolled out something new every week for years. I hoped to have one ginormous party and retire with all of you, but the great recession hit and I had to leave much too soon. My love to all of you.

To the folks at McDonald's Legal: Thanks, Gloria and Dave for recognizing that a jack of all trades is valuable and for giving me the opportunity to prove it every day. Gordana, Michele, Donna, Dave, Kenn, Chris, Denise, Robin and the whole legal team: You taught me that none of us is as good as all of us – and that when you "fit in," work becomes joyous. Working alongside all of you was the highlight of my career. I never had a better job or a better time. Friends and family were jealous that I was happy to go to work each day and actually looked forward to the challenges that awaited me.

And finally to the folks I worked with at Vedder: I apologize. Injury and illness prevented me from accomplishing what I wanted to accomplish there. Thank you for your patience with me – and for enabling me to retire early. Joe, Angie and Peggy: thank you for your friendship. I hope you are all well and prospering.

Although I no longer work, I'm continuing to write (I wrote a novel during the Year of Covid) and to do my best to be generous and to help others.  I've gained a few pounds (not too many), lost a little hair (always too much) and look forward to everything the future sends my way.  If you'd like to chat about old times or about what you're doing now, please email me at