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New Boomer Erickson Eschews AARP

When the AARP membership application appeared in Keith Erickson’s Coeur d’Alene mailbox, he threw it in the trash. Another application arrived the next week, then another in the days before his 50th birthday. “I was blindsided and then insulted,” said Erickson, an avid runner who clocks 50 miles a week. “I still consider myself as relatively young. It had to be a mistake.” He didn’t think AARP tracked you down for its $16 annual membership that allows for senior discounts on everything from dinner out to travel and the movies until at least age 55. “It’s like taking a step into oblivion,” he said. “Once you take that step, there you are. You are always a senior citizen”/Erica Curless, SR. More here.

Question: Hey, I still don't have my AARP card. Do you?

Keith: Remembering Mike Anderson

Keith Erickson: Mike was a true advocate of freedom of the press and a great county commissioner. My favorite memory of him was during a commission meeting when the two Republican commissioners (dang, can’t remember which ones exactly) voted to close a meeting and send me packing. Mike stood his ground and said there was no legal reason to call an executive session. He was overruled and, under protest, I left the meeting. Here’s the clincher: Mike left the board room with me. He truly respected a reporter’s rights—and the people’s right to know. I’ll never forget the night he lost his bid for re-election. I was at the courthouse when he conceded. It crushed him, and it wasn’t about ego. It was about losing his opportunity to be an advocate of the community. I’m deeply saddened by this; my thoughts and prayers are with Mike’s family.

Question: Any further remembrances of the late Mike “Former Mike” Anderson that you’d like to share?

Hucks: Kennedy Shifts Jobs For A Spell

You missed the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre stage debut of Councilman Mike Kennedy & Son, if you hung out at Car d’Lane rather than attending “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” production June 19. I was center stage, fourth row, when Mike, Will and two other audience members were called to the stage to spell words for the mock bee along with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre cast members. Mike and Will bounced, danced (term loosely used here), and spelled as part of the fun play based on – as the name indicates – a spelling bee. Mike nailed his first two words, including “Mexican,” before he tripped up on “muntjac” (a small jungle deer of Southeast Asia and the East Indies). Will outlasted his dad by a coupla words, including “cow”/DFO, HucksOnline. More here.

Question: Have you ever participated in a spelling bee? How did you do?

Keith Comes Up Big On Father’s Day

Dunno what you fathers got for Father’s Day. But it might not compare to the gift that Keith Erickson received. For those of you keeping score at home, Keith (a former Coeur d’Alene Press reporter) and I were rival local government reporters back in the day. Now, fast forward to Sunday when Keith’s wife gave him a $5 Aerosmith-“Dream On”-themed, Idaho lottery ticket. Which turned out to be worth $500. Coincidentally, Aerosmith’s “Dream On” was playing on Keith’s head set when he turned it in at a local convenience store for the cash.

Question: Do you give lottery tickets as gifts to friends and family? Any of your recipients ever won much money on one?