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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference


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or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.

 



I’m proud to be called a square
By Byron McNutt

SQUARE! IT’S another of those good old words that have gone the way of love, modesty and patriotism. It’s something to be snickered over, or outright laughed at, why?

Some of our readers will remember a certain time. It used to be that there was no higher compliment you could pay a man than to call him a “straight-shooter.”

Charles Brower remembers those days and he wrote this essay some 30 years ago in an issue of Masonic Tribune.

But today, a square is a guy who volunteers when

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:32 AM
 
North offers quality of life
By Byron McNutt

IN PROMOTING THE advantages of living in Northern Wisconsin, what should be our major selling points?

Are our major attributes the same today as they were about 30 years ago?

Has anything changed during that time? Let’s review what futurist Robert Theobald and freelance economic development marketing consultant John Clanton had to say in 1985.

Theobald said we should make our quality

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:05 AM
 
There’s no gain without pain
By Byron McNutt

WE LIVE IN a culture that worships comfort. During the 20th Century we saw the greatest assault on discomfort in the history of the human race. That was the conclusion of author Edwin Bliss when he wrote “Getting Things Done” in 1976.

I’m wondering what writers will say about the changes we’ve seen in the early stages of the 21st Century. At the rate we are going, there will be more life-altering changes in communications, technology and medicine in the first 20 years than were achieved in the entire 20th Century.

Back to Bliss’ essay. We have learned to control our

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:42 AM
 
What baseball fans need to know
By Byron McNutt

SUPPLYING FANS with a glossary of terms related to their favorite sport has become a popular feature. You see it in hunting magazines, fishing articles, football periodicals, everywhere.

It is no different for baseball. Baseball broadcasters start each season using the same clichés and baseball terminology, never giving a thought to whether or not their audience understands just what they are describing.

In a March 28, 1984 (30 years ago) column in the Oshkosh Northwestern, staff sportswriter Tom Woodrow decided to put this injustice to rest. He painstakingly broke down, perhaps even destroyed, all the baseball clichés and descriptive terms that broadcasters have taken decades to establish.

A big baseball fan, Woodrow also had a

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:36 AM
 
OK chowhounds: Come and get it!
By Byron McNutt

THERE’S A GOOD reason why Americans have an obesity problem. The average American will consume an incredible 55 tons of food and drink during his or her life. That’s some food bill. The human body is one amazing, efficient machine.

If you were asked to list those items on which you will spend the most money during your lifetime, a home and cars would probably top the list. Another major expenditure, food, would likely not be mentioned among the top five.

The average American consumes nine pigs,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:32 AM
 
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