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  • Ripon Forum talks with Mike July 16, 2014 Ripon forum did a Q & A with Mike where they discussed the Skills Gap, America’s relationship with hard work, the importance of S.T.E.M. education and Mike’s new show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” View the original article – HERE. DOWNLOAD PDF read more...
  • Old Dogs, New Tricks, or… What The Chuck? July 16, 2014 When you’re a talented actor looking for work in an industry where unemployment hovers around 95%, you hope for two things. read more...
  • A Quick Story About Vomit July 15, 2014 Good Morning. Here’s a quick story about vomit to start your day. read more...
  • OFF THE WALL: Bucking the Odds July 15, 2014 Today’s question comes from Jenn Foit, who bucked the odds and got my attention in much the same a shiny object fascinates my dog. Hey Mike – I have a 1 in 1,443,953 chance of you writing back to me. I am a 27 year old single mom who is about to finally take the step and start in a welding program. ... read more...
  • ACP Interview – Dirty Jobs…That’s What Keeps America Going and Growing! July 14, 2014 Mike was interviewed by Greg Sitek of Site-K Construction Zone & ACP at CONEXPO-CONAGG in Las Vegas earlier this year. They discussed the “anti-dirty jobs” mentality and the importance of of promoting the skilled trades and vocational education. View original article – here DOWNLOAD PDF read more...
  • The Viking Funeral or HALO-Flame-O grilling July 12, 2014 Recently, on a Southwest flight back home from Kansas City, I was given a handful of free drink coupons from a sympathetic viewer. read more...
  • Fridays with Freddie: Balls July 11, 2014 They roll their balls down the dusty track, and squeal with glee as they collide with the others. read more...
  • Dangerous Days but Somebody’s Gotta Do It July 10, 2014 Yesterday I was in the Mojave, learning how to survive in extreme conditions. Day before I was in a power plant, trying not to incinerate myself. read more...
  • OFF THE WALL: The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge and Chuck Norris’s Beard July 9, 2014   Many thoughtful comments after yesterdays post. This one for instance, from Steven Oklesh, rose to someplace near the top. “Fact – After reading this post, Chuck Norris’ beard abandoned him and is now en route to attach itself to Mike Rowe’s face.” Crazy thing Steve – you’re right! Chuck Norris’ beard arrived a little after 2 pm yesterday, and gave me quite a ... read more...
  • No Sour Grapes – Go Vote for mrW/UTI Videos July 8, 2014 Here’s a picture of me holding a copy of The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge. (Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo.) I wrote The Pledge last year for three simple reasons: 1. I believe what it says, and felt strongly the world needs one more acronym. 2. I wanted to raise some money for the scholarship fund. (We sell them for $10, and the money ... read more...
  • If A Dog Can Eat Your Homework… July 5, 2014 Hello Friends, and Happy Day After Independence Day. Like many others, Kris Haas was disappointed with yesterday’s post from Freddie. read more...
  • Fridays With Freddie: The Rattlesnake July 4, 2014 It’s come to my attention that the original mascot of American Independence is the rattlesnake. read more...
  • Happy Birthday Eileen! July 3, 2014 This is my friend Eileen. She’s turning 49 today, and celebrating the occasion with some delicious bavette steaks and a houseful of friends. read more...
  • Leila’s Hair Museum – Somebody’s Gotta Do It July 1, 2014 This is Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence Missouri. It’s just down the road a piece from Harry Truman’s place. read more...
  • SkillsUSA Torch Carrier Award – It’s a Major Award June 30, 2014 I’ve always been ambivalent about trophies and plaques and various other tokens of accomplishment designed to live forever on walls and mantles. Unless the memento in question falls into the “major award” category – like The Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story – I prefer to display and cherish my various keepsakes in the garage. Last Friday though, I was ... read more...