Tuesday, November 3, 2009


When someone in my native state of Minnesota refers to "Sid", no one has to ask "Sid who?" In that sense, he's like Cher or Napoleon. He only needs one name.

But, for you outsiders, I'll identify him as Sid Hartman, sports writer for the Star Tribune, a Minneapolis newspaper, and sports commentator on WCCO, a CBS radio station in that city.

A recent post on another blog linked to this Minnesota Public Radio report from last spring, on the occasion of Sid's 89th birthday. The milestone this week was his 65th anniversary as a newspaper writer.

So, my question is: does anyone know of any other journalist, anywhere, on any beat, in any medium, who has been working continuously since 1944?

UPDATE: Shortly after I published this post, one name came to mind. Who has been working as a journalist longer than Sid? Helen Thomas, who started working for UPI in 1943.

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