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By Randy Tucker
Jan 17, 2021

We're a little behind the times out here in the West when the latest trends finally reach us. It's improved with the advent of the Internet and satellite ...

By Randy Tucker
Jan 12, 2021

They weighed a ton. Or seemed to. In Shoshoni, they were stacked vertically in the corner of Hazel's kitchen. In Lusk, it was much worse. They were in the ...

By Randy Tucker
Jan 10, 2021

Cold in winter, hot in summer, with a few mice wandering through at night, and decidedly austere on its best day. This was my home for much of my high school ...


By Randy Tucker
Jan 3, 2021

"I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part," says Otter in the 1978 frat-house comedy ...

By Randy Tucker
Dec 29, 2020

I played in my first varsity football game the last Friday in August 1972. Just a sophomore, I thought I might letter after getting three quarters against ...

By Randy Tucker
Dec 27, 2020

q Why do the comets, meteor showers and planetary alignments arrive so often when it's cloudy overhead in our clear-skied state? This is my last column in ...


By Randy Tucker
Dec 1, 2020

Aside from a few veteran referees, I doubt if anyone has been on as many sports fields, in as many gyms, and at as many tracks as I have in Wyoming. From ...

By Randy Tucker
Nov 29, 2020

My granddaughter doesn't know it, but that playground toy once was a construction component. Sometime in the early 1950s, my grandfather dug a deep hole near ...

By Randy Tucker
Nov 22, 2020

Until I was 20 years old, steak was never a favorite of mine. I did enjoy something my Grandma Gasser made called "minute steaks," but as a youngster the ...


By Randy Tucker
Nov 17, 2020

Dr. Ernie Abels was an informative, entertaining instructor. One summer I took a class from the Yellowstone Institute in Yellowstone National Park he taught ...

By Randy Tucker
Nov 10, 2020

Chuck showed me the trunk once back in 1987. Inside were shirts, shorts, caps, and other paraphernalia from a lifetime of coaching football, basketball and ...

By Randy Tucker
Nov 10, 2020

Chuck Wells showed me the trunk once back in 1987. Inside were shirts, shorts, caps, and other paraphernalia from a lifetime of coaching football, basketball ...


By Randy Tucker
Nov 3, 2020

I have a standard line when I meet someone new. As we go through the checklist of our careers, trying to make some sort of connection that we can both build ...

By Randy Tucker
Nov 1, 2020

We were obediently following the directional arrows on the floor as we grocery shopped last week. When you follow the traffic flow indicators it sometimes ...

By Randy Tucker
Oct 25, 2020

Aunt Joy was my grandfather Forrest Tucker's sister. She and my uncle Burt lived in a ramshackle two-story house in Mariana, Arkansas. Their back yard was full ...


By Randy Tucker
Oct 18, 2020

Coffee was an integral part of my morning ritual at every school I worked out in my 32-year career in K-12 education. At Shoshoni, there were a couple of ...

By Randy Tucker
Oct 13, 2020

Perhaps surprisingly, we're approaching the end of the regular season for fall high school sports. Every football coach I've interviewed this year has ...

By Randy Tucker
Oct 11, 2020

Americans, like their national government, are the most indebted people on the planet. With the average U.S. citizen having less than $400 available in ready ...


By Randy Tucker
Sep 29, 2020

Some aspects of coaching are never taught in any sport fundamentals class. The curriculum for high school coaches is fairly limited, sometimes non-existent. ...

By Randy Tucker
Sep 27, 2020

Perhaps it is inevitable this time of the year, but thoughts range from the melancholy to almost despair for many people as the summer comes to an end. The ...

By Randy Tucker
Sep 22, 2020

When it comes to athletics, particularly middle school and high school sports, counting is near the top of the list when it comes to being an effective coach. ...


By Randy Tucker
Aug 30, 2020

My mind wandered as I pulled up the hill west of Hudson watching the cars and trucks ahead of me vie for position before the four-lane changed back to two. ...

By Randy Tucker
Aug 25, 2020

The saying "There is nothing new under the sun" dates back more than 3,000 years to the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. When it comes to classification, ...

By Randy Tucker
Aug 23, 2020

There always will be winners and losers. As we continue this strange trip through the end of the second decade of the 21st century, the winners and losers over ...


By Randy Tucker
Aug 16, 2020

History often reveals seemingly unconnected events having profound consequences. Rachel Carson wrote of the connection between the insecticide DDT and the ...

By Randy Tucker
Aug 11, 2020

When you throw a small stone into a placid pond, the subsequent concentric waves flowing out from that little rock hitting the water show much more effect than ...

By Randy Tucker
Aug 9, 2020

We made another trip across America last week. While many things remain the same, others have taken on almost ethereal weirdness. As I thought about the ...


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