John Steenwyk

The grocery manager, the anti-maskers, and the one thing he wouldn't say

Updated 7:45 AM ET, Fri October 9, 2020

In a series of essays called The Distance, Thomas Lake is telling the stories of Americans in the pandemic. This essay is based on phone interviews with John Steenwyk, Katy Steenwyk and Scott Demaree. Email thomas.lake@cnn.com if you have a story idea.

(CNN)There was one thing John would not say to the anti-maskers, although it was relevant to the discussion and frequently on his mind.

Thomas Lake