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It’s an honor that I’ve been chosen to write a few words here occasionally about life in general and perhaps life in our Tri-County area in particular. I’m even blushing a little.

 During my three-score-and-nine years on earth, I’ve enjoyed two things more than almost anything else — reading and eating. So, much of my adult career has centered on those two quests.

 To prove it, I’ve worked in the newspaper business for 26 years and in the food business 21 more years. That seems like a really long time, but actually, I’m grateful to be here to talk about it. Many other family members and friends haven’t gotten that chance.

 From reading, I also developed a love of writing. I grew up in a “newspaper family,” as my parents owned the weekly paper in my hometown of Sebewaing in Michigan’s Thumb Area. Most days after school, all three Rummel boys would go to the office to sweep, melt lead, fold and staple printed booklets, statements, envelopes and brochures, handle darkroom work, make deliveries and do whatever else needed to be done.

 We weren’t deprived at all. Maybe we thought it was slave labor, but it wasn’t. We still found plenty of time to play catch and watch the two channels we could get on the family’s mid-1950s black-and-white TV set. However, all three brothers agreed we’d choose other careers when we grew up.

 But it’s funny — all three Rummel boys have spent nearly all our work careers in communications. After graduating from Central Michigan University in Journalism and Broadcasting, and working nearly four years at both the CMU TV station and student newspaper, my first real job was as a reporter at The Saginaw News.

I moved on to ad sales, promotion and circulation (deliveries) at The

Times Herald in Port Huron (where I met future wife Sally) — then left the corporate world to buy my own weekly paper in Pigeon, the tiny Thumb town of my birth.

 Sally and I raised our two kids in Pigeon for 20 years, before moving to Fenton for another career change. We opened our Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders restaurant here in July 1998. We made food for 18 years, until we sold the restaurant. I semi-retired in 2016 and now do social media and marketing work for a handful of businesses and groups.

 Newspaper people know there is a story in everyone. It has to be found and told. I hope to share some of those with you here. Maybe you’ll think a little, and I hope you’ll laugh a little, too.

 (P.S. — As Abraham Lincoln knew, a “score” is 20 years…)

Opinions offered in this column are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Tri-County Times or its staff. Email Mark Rummel at news@tctimes.com.

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