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wise man once said, “I used to rock and roll all night and party every day. Then it was every other day. Now I’m lucky if I can find half an hour a week in which to get funky.”’

That man’s name is Homer J. Simpson, a personal hero of mine (and yes, if I ever have a son I will name him Bart, no matter what my mother says).

I believe Homer was channeling Bob Seger when he said that because Seger has been writing about living in the past his entire career.

There is a whiteboard behind my desk where I attempt to plan out the week’s paper. The largest section is dedicated to “the news” and is broken down into a couple of different categories. Then there is a pretty big space for Sports and the categories get smaller as I move to the left.

There’s a space for upcoming meetings and photo opportunities I need to attend.

Those are the main categories, then there is the tiny box in the top center on the board that is titled “Thoughts of a fat guy.” It’s for all of my column ideas.

It’s a perfect title and it fits perfectly in that spot right over there under my photo. But other people don’t think it’s “appropriate in a professional work setting.”

I thought it was best to publish this column now before another one of my rock ‘n’ roll heroes dies of old age – RIP Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek.

I may have written this column a year ago, but I have had this theory for almost my entire life. Every song Bob Seger has written, including with the Silver Bullet Band, since the time he was 19 to when he released his last album in 2017 at the age of 72 is about wanting to be 18 again.

“Main Street,” “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and “Ramblin’ Man” – all classic songs by Seger and all go back to when he was a free-living youngster in the late 1960s. Sounds fun to me.

Those songs along with all of his songs have similar messages – I used to be young and when I was young this is what I would do. He’s a kind of king of reminiscing, kind of like Ringo Starr.

Starr will put a new album out every couple of years and there will be one or two songs about peace and then everything else is about growing up in Liverpool.

It is nice that Seger hasn’t gone down the path of some of his contemporaries with plastic surgery to truly be living in the past. I won’t name any names but you know who I’m talking about.

Some 70-year-old guy shows up on TV with the face of a 50-year-old woman.

I guess what I’m trying to say here, is keep your own face no matter how much money you have.

Gotta question? Gotta tip? It’s easy to contact me, give me a call at 715-463-2341 or shoot me an email -

See ya next week.

Jonathan Richie is the editor of the Burnett County Sentinel.