Blogs / Articles

  • USA Today: Empowering America’s Tradesmen March 22, 2013 A special supplement hit newsstands in USA Today in New Orleans, Denver, The Carolinas, Kansas City, Dallas, and Atlanta in March of 2013. In case you were not in one of those areas or missed it we have a copy of the supplement here.   read more...
  • The Light is Fantastic and Makes Me Look Pretty March 15, 2013 Here’s a picture of me sitting on a rock somewhere in the Australian Outback. I’m posting it here for several reasons. 1. The light is fantastic, and makes me looks pretty. 2. You can actually see the flies buzzing around my head. Seconds after this photo was taken, one of them flew into my mouth. It was maybe the 25th fly I ... read more...
  • What’s Kristen Thinking? March 12, 2013 Sometimes my web-mistress takes random photos and asks me to supply a caption, a simple and welcome request. However, I admit to being puzzled by this one. read more...
  • Nope, Not Fake March 6, 2013 This bear looks kinda fake. The bees look kind of fake. I look kinda fake. Consequently, many people were surprised to learn that the bear was in fact real, and not exactly a pet. Among those people, was me. read more...
  • Essence of Professional Host March 6, 2013 Here we have a candid After the Catch photo circa 2007, capturing the essence of the Professional Host. read more...
  • Through Oscar’s Back Door March 4, 2013 There we were on the venerable Sesame Street. Of the events that would unfold, I’m not saying I’m proud. I’m just saying they happened read more...
  • Twelve Year Old Connor Asks Mike Rowe about Life Lessons He’s Learned February 22, 2013 Dear Mr. Rowe: Hello, my name is Connor Watkins, and I am twelve years old. I met you last fall with my dad at the Cleveland Airport. At school we were told to ask successful people what the most important lessons in life are. I asked my parents who told me it was important to treat others the way you want ... read more...
  • Steve and Me February 20, 2013 It’s a funny thing, figuring out what to do next. And what not do to. read more...
  • Terribly Important People February 13, 2013 One poster grimly noted, “pictures of large stuffed animals lying in the street do not seem consistent with a serious attempt to close our country’s skills gap.” Perhaps this dynamic photo will help assuage concerns? read more...
  • Duck the Duck February 11, 2013 I was trudging home from the gym, when I caught a flash of color in my peripheral vision. Something large and yellowish was moving very quickly through the air. read more...
  • An Old Friend February 1, 2013 For Flashback Friday, I offer you this photo of me at the Marine Corps Ball with a highly decorated Gunnery Sergeant and an old friend. read more...
  • Winning! January 28, 2013 OMG! read more...
  • Celebrities in Competition with Veteran Voice Actors? January 24, 2013 From MRW Water Cooler: Q: Mike, have you seen this? Celebs muffle the voice of experience Even though you are considered a celebrity are you concerned that you may lose out on future voice over jobs, or are you well known and respected enough to not have to worry? — Liz   Hi Liz For the past few years, the LA Times has run a version ... read more...
  • Charm Is Overrated January 10, 2013 Here we have an interesting study in collaboration in the field, involving an openly skeptical producer, an exhausted director and … me, doing my best to persuade. read more...
  • The Winding Road that Lead to Dirty Jobs January 8, 2013 From the MRW Water Cooler: Q: Dear Mike, In one of your episodes you launched into a rather well-sung rendition of “Vecchia zimarra” from “La Boheme.” I’m an opera singer and voice teacher, and immediately recognized your excellent diction and lovely bass/baritone voice. Where did you train, and did you ever sing opera professionally? Also, for heaven’s sake, how does one begin ... read more...