Ole Pappy

The good old days

Marc Larson lives in Gilbert, AZ. He’s is a graduate of Minneota High School and when he was in school here he wrote sports stories for the Minneota Mascot. That was 50 years ago. He’s been gone a long time.

But one thing has remained constant with Marc Larson. He’s never been able to quit reading the Minnesota Mascot. This past week he sent in a check for a renewal and said, “I enjoy reading the Mascot and I look forward to continuing to receive it each week.”

Like so many others who no longer live here but want to “keep in touch” with the community, he finds The Mascot is his, “Letter from Home.”

And, like so many others, Marc Larson has come to the age where he finds The Mascot’s, “From the Mascot Files,” column particularly interesting.

“The 50 years ago column is now getting particularly fun,” he said. I can’t tell you how important the Mascot Files column is for so many former residents.

Some tell me they’ve seen their name in the column or names of their friends and relatives. In fact, I remember when I took over The Mascot 11 years ago, many people let me know I could make changes if I liked — “But don’t quit printing the Mascot Files Column.”

Marc Larson, like so many others, opens his Mascot every week and “links up” with the past by turning to this page for a quick refresher course on the “way it used to be,” in Minneota. I certainly can understand the way readers link up with the past through the column.

Our Office Manager Cherri Schmig usually writes up the column and I often hear her giggling when she sees a photo of people she recognizes or reads about them from all those years ago.

Recently, we’ve taken on an intern from Minneota High School. Cecilia Rabaey is not only a bright young lady, but she’s also had the chance to dig into the past and put part of Minneota history back on the pages of the Minneota Mascot. From time-to-time we also get photos out of the past and we print them as well.

This is a very valuable resource for our readers and often I get letters telling me about the photos. So, if you have old photos you want printed, or need to ask Minneotans if they can identify the photo, get them to us so we can print them.

I enjoy getting letters from people like Marc Larson. It helps me understand the need to keep printing “the old news,” along with the news of today!

LAUGH A LITTLE: A death in the family A blonde goes to work in tears. Her boss asks, “What’s wrong?” She says, “My mom died.”

He told her to go home, but she said, “No, I’ll be fine.” Later that day, her boss finds her crying again. He says, “What’s wrong?” She replies, “I just talked to my sister, and her mom died, too!”

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: As my Ole Pappy used to say, “If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. Whatever you do — keep moving forward.” Just a little advice from Ole Pappy when times get tough. Thanks Ole Pappy!

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