Child of the ’60s now a good old boy |

Child of the ’60s now a good old boy

Paul Middlebrook, Tahoe Daily Tribune publisher

As I sit writing this, I am listening to a tape of oldies but goodies. I’m warming up for a little dancing at the Kiwanis Sunrisers Crab Feed and Mid-Winter Beach Party at Harrah’s. By the time you read this, I probably will have embarrassed my entire staff and family by dancing my E well … feet off all night to the Rip Tides. As a child of the ’60s I danced to a lot of rock ‘n’ roll … but as the joke goes, I may not remember all of it … don’t go over the edge now … I never inhaled. If you need me for something today, try and call after 10 a.m. if you could.

Kudos to a bunch of local folk. To Heavenly for hosting the elementary school ski week again … skiing and lessons and equipment for free! Good gesture by Vail Resorts to keep the tradition going. Also kudos to Sierra-at-Tahoe’s ongoing campaign to give season passes for getting A’s in school. Thanks also to the South Tahoe Recreation Center for the swim and skating programs for the kids … who says there’s nothing to do here for kids?

Congrats to Brandon Tinlin … he has earned a full athletic scholarship to Iowa State next year. The 6-foot, 5-inch, 225-pound Tinlin grew up here and is spending his senior year in high school in Southern California. He made his parents Karen and Bill proud. A friend of mine used to cut his hair when he was a little boy … she would need a stepladder now. Good job Brandon!

Kudos also to the editorial staff of the Tahoe Daily Tribune for the series about reaching the American Dream in Tahoe. A real eye-opener, and great timing with the emergence of the Tahoe Tomorrow group. I wish this group every success in its endeavors. I was discussing the group with someone the other day who said, “They are just another bunch of good old boys like you.” I was disturbed first because he used the word old, then became even more disturbed as I contemplated what the term good old boy really means.

I discussed it with a friend and we came up with the conclusion that it is someone who puts in your time in the community. You join a service club and volunteer for projects. You become involved in your children’s lives and help coach and join several boards. People then start asking for your opinion. Your experience and generosity put you forth as a leader. Your name recognition grows and your reputation causes people to recommend you and your business.

You can write a check at a local business without showing an ID. It takes you three hours to do 20 minutes of shopping at the grocery store. You put in 23 years in the community and your actions have earned you the title of someone of trust.

Then … you’re a good old boy … like it is something bad. But those who feel that way will understand what it really means when it happens to them. So recommend them for some boards and committees and sit back and enjoy the fact that you are a good old boy. I guess there are good old boys who abuse the privilege of trust … and good good old boys who use it for the community good and not just their own.

Thoughts from Duane Wallace at the South Lake Tahoe Chamber — you know you’re a Tahoe local if your car is chained up and your dog isn’t. Your dog is named Tallac, Kiva or Sierra. You left your groceries in the car overnight and they are still frozen the next day. Your EIS, EIR needs TLC from the TRPA ASAP or you’re SOL … and … you wouldn’t think of living anywhere else.

— Paul Middlebrook is publisher of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. He may be reached at

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