Childhood

Noah Linn Hendershot was born in Hagerstown, MD in 1944 and raised in Warfordsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. At the age of two he contracted polio which affected his ability to walk. He had to use crutches to get around. He attended Warfordsburg Elementary School and Southern Fulton Junior and Senior High School. In high school, Linn was involved as a manager for the basketball and baseball teams. He also coached Little League. He graduated from Southern Fulton High School in 1962. His dad, Brownie (Noah Heading) Hendershot, ran a garage and gas station next door to their house where his mother, Evie (Evelyn) Hendershot, ran the local post office out of one of the rooms.

High School

Linn attended Fulton Senior High School. In high school, Linn was involved as a manager for the basketball and baseball teams. He also coached Little League. He graduated from Southern Fulton High School in 1962. His dad, Brownie (Noah Heading) Hendershot, ran a garage and gas station next door to their house where his mother, Evie (Evelyn) Hendershot, ran the local post office out of one of the rooms.

1962-1966

Linn attended the University of Maryland on a baseball scholarship. While at Maryland University he worked full-time as a student assistant for the Sports Information Director. He was responsible for publications and media relations for baseball, swimming and track and field. He also did the type written play-by-plays for the games at Cole Field House. While he was the student manager of the University of Maryland Baseball Team they won the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time.

In his last semester he split his time between the University of Maryland and helping to launch the Community Action Poverty Program in Fulton, Bedford and Huntingtown Counties in Pennsylvania.

1966

Linn served as the Sports Information Director for Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. He was the media liaison responsible for publications, alumni newsletters, fund-raising events and assistance with recruiting athletes for the program at Bucknell.

1967

Linn worked with the Atlanta Falcons Football Team. He joined the Falcon organization as the Assistant Director of Public Relations responsible for a wide variety of duties including publications, the team’s speaking bureau, and serving as the advance man for the team on the road. He was one of three Sports Information Directors recruited by the NFL (National Football League) at that time. These were the first years of Atlanta’s NFL franchise. Linn worked for legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame player and coach, Norm Van Brocklin. In 1968 and ’69 Linn received the Spencer Advertising Award for the best souvenir program in the NFL.

1970-1971

Linn started working for USAC (United States Auto Club) in Indianapolis, Indiana at the request of Lindsey Hopkins (one of the owners of the Atlanta Falcons). Hopkins asked him to assist in reorganizing. Linn worked as the Director of Public Relations for USAC. It was the sanctioning organization that conducted the Indianapolis 500. Linn managed a nine-person staff responsible for all publications for four types of auto racing, media releases and trackside services for the media at race tracks coast to coast.

1971-1975

Linn was employed by William H.G. France, founder of NASCAR as the organization’s Assistant Executive Manager. He was responsible for race track officials, general membership packages and the NASCAR public relations department. Hendershot was key in launching NASCAR’s Motorsports Marketing Corporation for licensing NASCAR’s name and logo.

1972-1975

Linn was retained by Purolator, Kings Row Fireplace Equipment and Carling Beer to handle the promotion of their respective NASCAR race teams.

1975-1984

Linn was retained by Pocono International Speedway as its Marketing and Public Relations Specialist for NASCAR, CART, AMA and USAC racing events at the 2.5 mile trip-oval located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.

1975-1980

Linn returned to his hometown area with his wife and his daughter Pam after years of travel. He worked as the General Sales Manager at the Kirk Ford dealership in Hancock, MD. During that time he was awarded numerous sales achievement awards.

1980-1996

Linn created Performance Marketing Concepts. He worked as a marketing and public relations consultant for a number of companies in the Atlanta area. He also wrote, designed and produced a wide variety of brochures, newsletters, posters, and other marketing tools. He represented numerous NASCAR drivers writing proposals for sponsorship in all levels of racing in the NASCAR ranks.

1981-1983

Linn represented International Games, Inc.(IGI). During that period he handled the successful marketing campaign introducing the card game UNO. UNO became the number-one -selling card game. Linn utilized NASCAR racing to introduce UNO to the public through sponsored drivers Buddy Baker, Tim Richmond and Kyle Petty who became spokesmen for the product.

1981-1987

Linn founded, owned and operated Great American Truck Racing (GATR), a sanctioning organization that raced large bobtail trucks and pickup trucks on oval tracks from coast to coast. He sold the organization to a New York based racing organization in 1988. The pickup racing part of the organization eventually became part of what is now known as NASCAR’s Craftsman Pickup Truck Series

1989-1991

Linn was asked by his former boss, Rankin Smith, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, to work with architects of the new football stadium, the Georgia Dome, to assure that it would be completely accessible for those with disabilities.

1992-1996

Linn was hired by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) and the Committee on Disability Access (CODA) to ensure that the 26 venues utilized for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta were accessible for those with disabilities. After the 1996 Olympics Linn fell at a gas station and injured his shoulder. He could no longer walk on crutches and had to utilize a wheelchair.

2000

Linn was one of seven individuals recognized by the Atlanta Braves for the contributions made during the 1996 Olympics. The Olympic Stadium, now known as Turner Field was recognized as the most accessible venue in Major League Baseball at that time.

1987-1991

Linn became a clown called Totem when he joined the Magical Misfits. He enjoyed cheering kids up in hospitals and clowning at the Shrine Circuses. His dad ran a towing business so he thought the name was perfect – he would tote the balloons!

1997-2008

The LAB aka Club Overlook After he got pneumonia in 1997 and almost died, he went to Western Maryland Hospital Center. To survive he had to go on a ventilator. While in recovery, he continued his work in support of those with disabilities. He created a computer lab there called The LAB or Club Overlook. It was a place where patients could come to spend a bit of time outside their hospital rooms, socialize and connect with the outside world.

He found assistive devices so patients could use the computers and taught them how to work them. He acted as a life coach to many, saying he loved coming there because “Miracles were always in the making.” He encouraged patients to not think of their situation as an ending but to look for some kind of beginning.

When he was released as a patient, Linn was hired by the hospital to do their marketing.Linn helped create the Western Maryland Hospital Center Therapy Gardens. A place where patients could be that was peaceful and beautiful.

2001-2005

Linn was elected to the Hagerstown City Council.

2002

He was awarded the Paul G. Hearne Award from
the American Association of People with Disabilities for his leadership.

2002

He was awarded the People’s Choice Award by the Community Foundation of Washington County.