Tell your story

It’s 6:08 a.m. as I write this, another typical morning on Planet NewsCut. The dogs have been fed, the coffee brewed, there are two newspapers waiting to be read in a desperate search for something — anything — that I can gin up into the currency of continued employment: a blog post.

The quick look at Wednesday’s web traffic statistics reveals it was a good day: 12 percent of the MPR News website traffic was to NewsCut — thanks, I guess, to some meteorologist in Ohio who had a moment, and a woman who can’t throw a baseball.

Good, I fooled everyone for one more day. But what the heck am I going to come up with to fool them today?

The voice in my head, the feeling in my stomach, conspire to tell me the answer: nothing. Apparently, this is the day when I can’t fool anyone anymore. I knew it would come sooner or later. And I was so darned close to getting away with it.

The chances are pretty good that you recognize the “imposter syndrome”: the feeling that regardless of where we are, we don’t really belong there, and to the extent that people say nice things about the job we do, it’s only because of our ability to fake our way through the day.

It’s exhausting. It’s isolating. And I’m not going to miss it.

I’ve been getting very nice notes in the last few days from people who have felt a kinship with NewsCut and/or five minutes of my day on The Current. They’re often people whose names you don’t see in the comment section, who have uncloaked to say something important: their story is important. Their lives, their purpose, their jobs have meaning they didn’t realize they had.

“My favorites are the stories you find of ‘ordinary’ people who don’t think they have a story to tell, yet you always uncover the story they didn’t know they possessed. It’s inspiring, primarily because whenever I’m reading one of those stories I always think about what my story would be,” one reader said in an email.

“I’m not sure what mine is. I’m curious to know it, but like so many others I don’t see myself as particularly interesting and/or lack the confidence to see it in myself,” he said.

But he’s going to try today.

There isn’t anyone I’ve interviewed in the past 12 years about their journey in this life that didn’t start with this: “I’m not that interesting.” There isn’t anyone who was right about their assessment.

There are no ordinary people.

You don’t need me to show this to you in a blog post. You just have to ask someone one question: What’s your story?

You matter. You make a difference. You are a thread in a growing community quilt. And when you tell someone your story, you help them see the meaning in theirs, just as you have for me this week.

And that’s the cure for the imposter syndrome: tell your story, and just watch what happens next.

  • boB from WA

    Darn it, why did my “allergies” all of a sudden start acting up?

    And why does it feel like this will be the eulogy section instead of the comments section today?

    That said, I think that, even though our stories do matter (and yes they do even when we don’t think so), it’s also about listening to others tell their story. To give them the ability to see that they matter also. Thank you for showing us how to do that. And thank you for allowing us to show our not so nice side sometimes within this community that is Newscut.

    Blessings to you and your family, Mr Collins, as you move from this life into new and unknown ventures.

  • 212944

    Thank you, Bob, for everything here and on air. I will miss checking in here, the community which grew here and your gentle nudges to help us be our better selves.

    See you around, neighbor. Thank you, again.

  • kevins

    Let me be the third to say thanks, bon voyage and all that stuff, and if you are ever up near Moorhead, stop in for coffee. Civil discourse is a rare find these days in a world where anonymity and the interweb gives even menbers of the gentler gender a testosterone rush, with little forethought and restraint. Healthy role models and sound leadership are difficult to find, but ever so necessary.

    Bless you, bless us all and stay between the ditches.

  • KariBemidji

    Thank you again Bob. Like the other Bob, I’m at my desk tearing up. Thank you for giving us a space to share our stories, learn from others in this little community that you’ve created and to become better humans.

    Next week, I’ll be way more productive but I’ll be missing all of you as a part my daily routine.

    If you take a great Minnesota road trip (all of those tall fiberglass statues need to be visited) stop by Bemidji for some ice cream.

    • You know I was up to Battle Lake a couple of months ago and I meant to stop in and say hello but I ran out of time. Next time, for sure.

    • Jay Sieling

      I concur with Kari! you created a wonderful community here. Connected me to people I’d otherwise miss. We are all richer for that. Thank you. And the road trip invitation is open here as well… good craft beer awaits you!

  • Amy

    We’re going to miss you so much. But enjoy your retirement. You’ve earned it.

  • wjc

    For me, this has been my only “must read everyday” site. Sure, I look at news sites, but that feels like I’m doing a chore to keep up on news. NewsCut is the place I’ve actually wanted to go.

    Bon voyage. aloha, be well, and thank you very much.

  • Gary F

    Take some time off and turn off the alarm clock, radio, computer, phone, TV. Just show up to ball games to work and watch the Twins win. Maybe the TV but just for the Twins games. See how long you can do that.

    The Les Nessman award, nice, you’ve earned it.

    • The Les Nessman award, nice, you’ve earned it.

      Agreed.

      That made me smile.

    • J Allen

      Made me smile too. 😉

  • Thanks for being a bit of sanity in this insane little world.

  • Lois Gaetz

    I will miss having this blog to look forward to. I comment rarely but have been a faithful reader. What I loved was that your posts about people often made me remember someone or an incident, encounter or event that made me smile or feel uncomfortable but did make me think. Thank you for that. And for managing the post(er)s so well.

    • Mike Worcester

      Thank you for commenting occasionally Lois; helped me remember our times in grad school and later on. Us history people need to stick together 🙂

      • Lois Gaetz

        Hey Mike, wouldn’t you know it we would meet again on this blog? Never left the non-profit sector but not history anymore, working with seniors starting to seriously think about retiring so I can spend summers in Scotland with Amanda and her family.

  • J Allen

    Stories happen to people that tell them, so don’t let that “imposter syndrome” stop you from telling yours or anyone else’s. As for myself, my wife has the better stories to tell and she’s pretty good at telling them too! Anyway, will miss your blog and wish you well in your retirement.

  • Ben Chorn

    Thanks for all you’ve done over the years. Newscut has always been a site I can rely on for genuine, interesting, and thoughtful content.

    Hope you enjoy your retirement! I secretly hope when I take a Lyft it’ll be you one of these times

  • Brian Simon

    “There are no ordinary people.”

    I have nothing to add to that point, other than to reiterate it. Nice job.

  • MikeB

    I am going to miss this blog. This was a great source of information and inspiration, I learned a lot about a lot of things, stories I never saw elsewhere (or saw here 3-10 days before someone else picked it up). I’m better for being here daily, all those clicks were well worth it.

    Thank you Bob! Enjoy whatever comes next.

  • Rich P

    Thank you for this. Telling our stories is really important. It connects us. And thank you, Bob. I appreciate you. ✌️

  • Amber

    I may have rarely commented, but like others said, reading your NewsCut blog was a daily task that I looked forward to and will most definitely miss. I found the perfect name for my son after reading one your obituary posts. Yes, people tend to give me weird looks when then ask how I came up with the name, but the obit was was wonderful and the man was remarkable. I would have never discovered it without your help and that goes for countless other interesting things you have shared with us.

    • kevins

      Now I am curious…do you feel comfortable telling me what name you ended up with?

      My second daughter (now a county attorney) was named after a long dead albino relative from Tennessee…we just liked the rhythm of the name, but also thought it might honor him since he was unable to have children.

      • Amber

        Bob started his post with: Orin Doty, who died late last month, provides today’s quote worth remembering: “One person doing something is better than a thousand people doing nothing.”

        That name and quote really stuck.

        https://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2017/04/an-obituary-for-a-man-who-stood-for-something/

        • joetron2030

          That’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing that.

        • crystals

          This is so lovely. I can think of no better story to honor Bob than what you’ve shared here.

  • Robert

    Thank you for sharing parts of your story here over the years. Your words/insights have amused, informed, and inspired me. Kudos on your retirement; you will be missed.

  • mnboy67

    I appreciate the forum that you have cultivated in this space. It has been a place of concertation that has pushed many of us to look outside our own comfort zone to rethink things that we might have taken for granted. I too as everyone else here wish you the absolute best in your retirement and hope that one day I too will catch a lyft ride on the east side with you.
    Cheers to you Mr. Collins!

  • Tyler

    Hi Bob – thank you for your work over the years. I have enjoyed all of your writing and stories over the years, and will really miss NewsCut. You’ve been a voice for sanity and humanity in my new cycle that will be desperately missed. Good luck with that plane!

  • Rob

    It’s tough not to be a little elegiac about the impending end of NewsCut; it’s
    been a shiny spot of clarity, honesty, and decency in an increasingly dark and uneasy time.

    Live long and prosper, Bob C.

  • Jeffrey

    Thank you Bob for all the years of Newscut.

    I sure will miss it.

    Best of luck to you in the next chapter of your life.

  • Josiah

    Bob – Thanks for this amazing community you created. I recognize imposter syndrome, and thank you for calling it out. I am very thankful for the stories you brought to our attention, the thankless task of moderating discussions, and the bright spots in the news you focused on highlighting.

    All the best,
    Josiah

  • I’m going to miss this corner of sanity and civility, Bob. You’ve been a humble prince among the more bombastic paupers masquerading as journalists, out there on the intertubes and the terrestrial worlds. It showed not only in the subjects you chose to write about but also in the way you conveyed to us their stories. Thank you. Thank you so very much.

    Because I fly
    I laugh more than other men
    I look up and see more than they,
    I know how the clouds feel,
    What it’s like to have the blue in my lap,
    to look down on birds,
    to feel freedom in a thing called the stick…

    Who else has seen the unclimbed peaks?
    The rainbow’s secret?
    The real reason birds sing?
    Because I Fly,
    I envy no man on earth.
    – Author unknown

  • andy

    Dang it, I knew this was coming. Bob, I’m happy for your retirement, but I’m not happy about the fact that I’ll miss your NewsCut posts. There isn’t a day that I don’t check NewsCut multiple times. In a world of, well, whatever this world is now, it was nice to have a place where I could read real stories about real people doing good, bad, bittersweet, or oftentimes, just plain sweet things. We will miss you Bob. Thank you so much for the work you did.

  • Bob, I wish you the best in your retirement! I’m going to really miss you here on NewsCut – one of my favorite places to visit on the Internet each day. Over the years you’ve informed me about stories I would have never heard about otherwise. What I’ve loved most about this place is your engagement with readers and the moderation, which I know isn’t easy. Thanks for providing this place for us, and best wishes in your next phase.

  • Jack Ungerleider

    Good luck and many happy adventures kind sir.

    As others have said enjoy your retirement. You picked a good year to have more time to take in baseball. (Even if your favorite team is having less success than the local nine.) I too will miss this oasis in the desert of online communities.

  • Angry Jonny

    In all sincerity, I think we’re all dying to know…so, are you really going to call it a day, or are you going to keep hanging around during pledge drives like Eichten?

    • Rob

      LOL!!

  • Gary

    I think I’ll miss the MPR commercial about my curmudgeonly neighbor the most. I agree that NewsCut was my only must read daily site. What will I do now? Maybe I’ll get a life.

  • lusophone

    It’s feeling like those last couple of spoonfuls of pudding. It wasn’t enough dammit! Trying to enjoy the last bit as much as possible…

  • BJ

    I want to say a ton. But I think a simple: Thank you.

  • toyboata-friend of the pod

    i’m more than a little weepy. how i will miss your daily interactions with mary. thank you for everything.

  • Brian Simon

    I enjoyed the brief exchange between Kathy & Kerri a few minutes ago about Bob’s preference to not have a party, but there being a going-away potluck anyway.

    My dad retired a number of years ago and immediately started volunteering for habitat for humanity, essentially full time. After a decade or so of this, someone proposed throwing an appreciation party for him. My stepmom asked me whether they should present him an award he did not want to receive. I said yes, force it on him. The party wasn’t for dad, it was for all the people who wanted a chance to acknowledge his contribution to their lives.

    Go to the potluck, Bob!

  • JohnOCFII

    Thanks for your skill and perseverance in finding the lovely stories of regular folks everywhere. Enjoy a well-deserved break!

  • momkat

    You do have a gift, Bob. I’ll miss your writing.

  • Jay Sieling

    Smiling because NewsCut happened. Thank you Bob! I wish you and the Trophy Wife and blog dogs all the best!!

  • Kassie

    Happy retirement! You and the blog have been part of my life for so long, I don’t know what I’m going to do between meetings and at my lunch break. Many, many dinners Jerry and I talk about what happened today on NewsCut, though NewsCut has been in my life longer than Jerry has been, at least longer than we’ve lived together.

    As for imposter syndrome, that’s exactly what I’ve been struggling with recently. I keep thinking if I just keep working more and harder I’ll get past it, but I just find myself buried under it. I’m so jealous that you get to just leave that part of your life behind, I’ve got at least 24 more years of this shit.

  • Gary F

    Remember, check Bob’s blog @mylittlebloggie before you go to the Twins game. He announces what gate he will be at. You can say hi, and he will scan your ticket.

    • KenB

      Is that a Twitter address? Or can those of us who don’t do Twitter find the blog?

      • Gary F

        Just Google ” Bob Collins MPR Twitter” and you’ll find it.You don’t need a Twitter account.

  • Randall Thompson

    Thank you Bob. You have been an important part of our community, and we will all miss you

  • Guest

    You have shown us how a well-moderated conversation ADDS to a website and why it is not done more often…..It is HARD.

    Keeping up with the flow and keeping it civil are why folks are attracted to here.

    I truly wish you would appoint a like-spirited replacement. 12% of the website traffic is something MPR should not throw away.

  • X.A. Smith

    This blog is practically a miracle. I can hope that I’ll find something as good to replace it, but I’m guessing that’s a fool’s errand.

    Thank you for the years of service, Bob. I hope you’re back in the air soon, and I hope you keep writing in some form. You’re a great writer.

    • Sonny T

      Well stated.

      Happy trails Bob.

  • Jay T. Berken

    So I did not get Buddy Guy and the Stones to come in for your retirement (didn’t really try besides seeing that Buddy Guy will be in Mankato on August 29th and the Stones in Chicago on June 21 and 25, so not sure they will be together). But here you go with what I can give…https://youtu.be/FBiYrvZ330A

    As the Johnny Cash cover goes that was written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles:

    We’ll meet again
    Don’t know where
    Don’t know when
    But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day
    Keep smiling through
    Just like you always do
    ‘Til the blue skies
    Drive the dark clouds far away
    So will you please say hello
    To the folks that I know
    Tell them it won’t be long
    They’ll be happy to know
    That as you saw me go
    I was singin’ this song

    We’ll meet again
    Don’t know where
    Don’t know when
    But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day

    Enjoy the next chapter Mr. Collins.

    • 212944

      Buddy Guy?

      More like Buddy God. The man is a walking wonder on so many levels.

  • Hikertrash

    Hello, Bob. Lonnnng time lurker, almost-never poster. Thanks for doing the content grind every day; for your compassion, humanism, and occasional cynicism; and for your judicious/thankless moderation of comments. Like many here, this is the only comment section I read. I don’t personally know any of the regulars you’ve shepherded together but I’ll really miss hearing their stories and fascinating insights.

    Wish I had your address so I could start a Bob-centered Postcard Underground. I hope you thoroughly enjoy whatever you put your hands and brain to next…and I gotta take more Lyft rides on the east side 😉

  • Jeff C.

    I think you were hoping that people would tell their story here, Bob, so I’ll do that…

    When I was in senior in high school, my English teacher gave me the same grade for everything I wrote – a B-. That was first semester. Then something changed at the start of second semester. When I showed her my thesis statement for a paper I was writing she said, “A third-track freshman who hasn’t read any books could think of that.” Ouch. When she graded my rough draft of that paper, she gave me an F– (an F minus minus) — she invented a new grade for me. I worked on that rough draft with my mother, who was a college graduate. It wasn’t the piece of sh*t that my teacher said it was. Even so, I left high school firmly believing that I was a terrible writer.

    I have, over the years, slowly un-done the damage that that teacher did to me. Getting a 4.0 on a paper during my freshman fall in college helped. Commenting here has really helped. Seeing that people clicked the “vote up” button has been a boost to my self-confidence. That wouldn’t have happened without your moderation, Bob. Thank you for putting in all the time and work that you have put into this site. You have informed. You have entertained. You have educated. And, in my case, you have helped me believe that I have something worthwhile to say. I tell you this to let you know that you have effected people in ways that you probably have never imaged.

    Thank you, Bob. You will be missed.

    • It sounds like that English teacher had some issues and was taking it out on you, which is totally unfair.

      • Jeff C.

        The Principal told my mother that he thought the teacher was going senile.

        • Not cool…at all.

          I had a paper in college that was graded a C-. I never got those grades…ever.

          It turned out that one of the TAs graded it and she told me she had a “bad day” and took it out on the papers she graded that night.

          SMDH

    • lusophone

      Up vote ++

    • Jay T. Berken

      “Seeing that people clicked the “vote up” button has been a boost to my self-confidence.”

      Through elementary school, I was placed in the lowest reading class, and I hated it. Going into middle school where three schools merged together, I was praying to be at least in the second from lowest group, but nope. It wasn’t until my senior year in high school that I took Advanced English that I thought I was the sh*t and that semester I got into Honor Society, and I revered that patch bar none including my varsity athletic patch, much less the placing trophies through the years. Needless to say, getting the “Featured Comment” a couple of times by the Newscut committee, much less the up votes and comments back have been a big boost to my ego. (which feels petty to write) But I always wanted to run with the smart kids crowd.

      Anyway, thanks for great story.

      • Jeff C.

        Thanks. Yes, I know what you mean about being a “Featured Comment”. I was recently and getting that from Bob felt great.

        • I always felt the same way about being the “Featured Comment” given most of my comments were snark or replying to trolls (much to Bob’s chagrin).

  • joetron2030

    Bob, I just read news of your retirement in the Cross Currents email newsletter.

    Even though I’ve largely disconnected from the news of the day because I found it too mentally draining and discouraging for the past several years, I have religiously visited your blog every M-F morning. I’ve enjoyed reading nearly everything you’ve posted here for us whether it was about the good in this world or the bad.

    I think, though, what I will miss the most are your posts where you provide insight and unpack the details of NTSB reports from airplane accidents; your posts about aviation in general; and your posts sharing the stories of those who struggle with mental illness (and those who care for them and the difficulties of navigating the mental healthcare system in the US).

    So, thanks, for all of the interesting stories you’ve brought to us, for giving us a venue to comment on those stories, for putting up with the trolls and ne’erdowells who would occasionally visit, and for bringing a community together here.

    Your work will be missed but you’ve earned this retirement and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

  • Veronica

    Hey guys, hello Bob.

    I’ve been reading this blog for—I don’t know, awhile. 8 years?

    My little ones have grown in this time, as they do, and next week I’ll have a middle schooler and one in high school. And this blog has been part of my day every day.

    Or maybe it’s been longer. I remember starting my business and commenting here. I burned out and closed that business in that time. Somehow I’m now doing bookkeeping part time.

    Thanks, Bob, for everything. For being a decent guy, for standing up for good people, for running the only good comment section ever…

    Your blog is loved and your daily presence will be missed.

    • Jack

      It is hands down the best comment section ever. Insightful commentary and when it goes off the rails, thank you Bob for reeling us back in and/or stopping the trolls.

      Echoing everyone’s thoughts, really going to miss you Bob and this corner of real life.

  • Jim Hartmann

    Bob,
    You wrote a very nice story about my son’s teacher Captain Bibeau (I thought Peabody worthy). And I very fondly remember a $100 bet that I lost and subsequent priceless tour of the studios that you led my son and I on, even barging in on Mary on the air. Thank you for that, and many other great moments reading Newscut or hearing you on the air.
    Jim Hartmann

  • MCH

    Thank you Bob. I too am a daily reader. I am really going to miss your posts. Good luck on your retirement!

  • Gayle Golden

    Who knew this would be such a thing for so long? I guess visionaries did. Thanks for creating something truly memorable — and excellent, a steady stream enlightening news bits curated consistently, year after year. Always interesting. Worth the read. You should be proud. GG

  • davidz

    Thank you Bob for insight found so few other places on the Internet. And for fostering a community found no place else. May your retirement from this job allow you to pursue your others and keep you sane.

  • Rich in Duluth

    Bob

    As many others have said, I, too, will miss my daily dose of NewsCut.

    I want to thank you for your thoughtful comments about the many stories you’ve presented. Thanks, also for your incredibly well done moderation. You’ve kept the comments civil and encouraged those of us, with strong opinions, to be civil with each other.

    I retired about 6 years ago, and I love retirement. Certainly, you will, too. The world is full of interesting things, people, and activities to do. Enjoy it all you can.

  • John O.

    Thank you for being YOU. You encouraged healthy discussion here and nicely dispensed with others’ nonsense as needed. Be well and enjoy the next chapter of your journey. Au revoir.

  • Sara Kerr

    I will miss you. You are extraordinary.

  • Mark Snyder

    Thank you for all you’ve taught us over the years, Bob. I’m going to miss this blog a lot. Hope to see you over at the ballpark again soon.

  • Christopher

    I remember when Bob moderated the MPR News Forum back in the aughts. This was back when news sites were still trying to figure out how much control to exert over what people posted, and it was a bit of a Wild West time (though fun). I can say that Bob has, since then, elevated blogging and blog-moderation to an art. Certainly no imposter; you’re doing this about as well as I’ve seen anyone do it. KUDOS!

  • Knute

    Thanks for all the stories and perspective Bob! I’m proud to have notched one h/t in my many years of reading your blog, forever (or as long as this blog lives on the internet) connecting me to this wonderful place.

  • JeffF

    All the best to one of the best. Have a blast in your new adventures.

  • Barton

    Enjoy your retirement, Bob! Thanks for providing a place where we held many a rational conversations on deep issues, shared very personal experiences, and enjoyed trying to be the one withe best quip on a feel good post.

    I’ll miss interacting with everyone here.

  • Joe

    Good luck on your future endeavors, and thanks for the wonderful environment you fostered here. You will be missed.

  • From Bob on The Current saying “Who cares?” about what he has to say.

    WE care, Bob.

    Bob and Mary right now: https://www.thecurrent.org/listen

  • Laurie K.

    I will sorely miss reading your blog Bob. You and the other readers’ comments have opened my world. It is easy to get caught up in taking a firm stance on an issue without every analyzing why – this space allowed us all to safely explore looking at things from a different perspective. Thanks and best wishes!

  • AmyO

    WOW! Look at all of these positive and thoughtful comments, Bob! So grateful to been part of the NewsCut blog reader community. Kudos to you in building such a community!

  • Ryan Brown

    Perhaps a fitting achievement of this blog in its last week is having 85+ comments all be positive towards the post and towards each other. Thank you for telling the stories that are so often overlooked but deserve to be told. Enjoy retirement.

  • QuietBlue

    Thanks for all the time and work you’ve spent on this blog over the years, Bob. I’ve enjoyed reading it and have learned a lot about people and places that I wouldn’t have read about anywhere else. Good luck with whatever comes next and enjoy the next phase of life.

  • PaulK

    I love that there is room on the discussion boards for all the Gary L.s and Cassie’s of the world. As someone who falls in the middle, I appreciate their perspectives.
    Plus, where else do we get the links to amazing obits?

  • Kat S.

    Hi Bob,
    I remember first finding you through the Fantasy Legislature, back when I was new to state government and desperately trying to find a way to keep up with bill actions that wasn’t a) boring and b) time-consuming. I then got sucked into News Cut, of course.

    Like so many others here, you’ve been my weekday habit for as long as this blog has been around. I still dig out the Saving Riverview Circle posts (grumbling about the search function) every time I want to show someone what a news blog can do that can’t be done as well in any other form. You’ve been one of the strongest voices on mental health advocacy I’ve seen, deeply humane and deeply outraged. Plus I haven’t found an area where you’ve been enthusiastic– planes, people, baseball– that hasn’t either fascinated me or you haven’t made fascinating.

    And I’m not sure what my group chat is going to do, now that I can’t do the 21st-century equivalent of mailing news clippings to acquaintances by sending them daily News Cut links, always including “read the comments. No– seriously. Actually read them.”

    I’m not sure what I’M going to do, either. Thank you so much, for everything.

  • Eric Norgaarden

    One of the best things about The Current has been the week-daily hang time with Bob Collins and Mary Lucia. These two, like it or not, have radio chemistry. These segments have become like comfort food for the ears. Bob is going to be missed. Bob requested to hear stories, and I will try and be brief. I was extremely lucky to land at a college radio station where I found several like-minded music heads. This was during the late 1970s and early 1980s, and music the record companies sent us was not being played anywhere in that market. Because of their participation, we blazed a trail with a music buzz-saw, playing The Clash, Ramones, Gang of Four, Buzzcocks, Police, Pretenders, Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, B-52’s, Talking Heads, so many more. We also played alternative country or folk — what is now referred to as Americana: Asleep At the Wheel, Commander Cody, John Hartford, more. And some of us gravitated toward jazz and jazz related music, of which the ECM record label excelled — Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Terje Rypdal, Keith Jarrett, Ralph Towner, Jack DeJohnette, more. I went in a different direction, professionally, but the story I like best to tell is that of my years as a college radio DJ. I think the vibe at The Current is a more polished modern day version of what I experienced. This is part of the attraction for listeners like me. I miss the energy and vitality of being on the air. But I can relive it a bit by listening to Mary, Mark, Jim, Jade, Jill, Bill, Mac, Sean, Brian. I will miss Bob Collins like I miss David Campbell.

  • Jeff

    I’m still basking in the glory of featured comment on mustard a couple of years ago. I’m not sure where I will go for mustard affirmation. I’m also going to miss a lot of the commenters here. The blog stories were great but it’s the comments section where I felt I had a voice that would be fairly heard thanks to Bob’s moderation.

    When you run out of Ballpark mustard let me know.

    • 212944

      Oh, yes … the glow of “Featured Comment” status. Wear it as the badge of honor it is, Jeff.

  • AmiSchwab

    i can’t remember how i ran across newscut and bob collins but i’m sure glad i did. definitely will be missed.

  • Nick Hansen

    Thank you for moderating literally the only place on the internet where I look forward to the comments.

  • KTN

    Bob,

    I can only echo what everyone else has already said – thanks for having this space, and for the integrity you brought to the blog. I’ll miss you’re take, and your insight.

  • Jerry

    As someone who because of my job doesn’t communicate with many people in a daily basis, I am going to miss Newscut and the sense of community I have felt with many of the frequent commenters. It is by far my most frequented website. I guess I am going to have to join reddit or kinja now.

  • Noelle

    Thanks for everything, Bob. We’ve really enjoyed so many of your posts over the years, and I’m going to miss NewsCut – but you deserve some time off! Enjoy every bit of your retirement.

  • KTFoley

    My first comment on an MPR news discussion was in May 2004, back when the beta version of NewsCut was called News Forum. Fifteen years, yeesh.

    There have been stretches where I’ve realized, “I have nothing to say here that would not just add to the noise” and scrolled on down to the next post. But there have also been chances to learn from others, to examine my own opinions, to express my point of view and to sometimes change my conclusions. I’ve learned a lot about aviation, mental health, the Red River, people doing good, MN politics, writing a decent obituary and the ongoing struggle to keep local media local.

    But what I’ve really learned is that this is a hard thing made to look easy. There’s been a conversation going for years, where people are talking to one another rather than shouting through their keyboards (mostly). What a rare and valuable creation we’ve made, heart and humor and hot topics, with Bob making it happen every day.

    I’ll miss this.

    Godspeed, Bob. Goddammit.

  • gypsyblOOd1903

    This may be long, but here it is: While traveling through life, I’ve had to learn the hard way about how people in general are, especially when they encounter my mental disability-Dyspraxia, (which no one knows about nor understands), dyscalculia, math,-and Aspergers. Getting a job, no matter what and where, proved to be a major challenge, unemployment was consistent. Along the way, I’ve learned about different people, and the news. And, along with politics, (the one thing you never do is discuss politics at the table, no matter the event). Politics became a disgrace, politicians became chronic liars, and the separation of rich and poor became so wide, this country would have to start from scratch again just to get back on track of what this country “COULD” be. Due to age, technology during the course of time, either made living (not necessarily) easier, making us more lazy, or flat out gave us a major headache causing us to be set on the KILL button, it would also include the T.V. and radio. News, however, basically remained the same, everybody committing the same old sins and crime in the same old ways, sometimes in the newest ways. In that area, nothing’s changed. Weather ‘s changed, somewhat-due to , yes, global warming, on that; we’re all guilty in one way and form or another. Commerce has changed, instead of being isolated (for the lack of a better term,) our products are either made in the U.S.A,, or overseas. We’re now officially in a global economy and so closely tied together, one country fails, we all fail. Reminds you of that infamous saying; New World Order. Where no one, I think, fully understands nor accepts, nor appreciates it. The so-called “news media” certainly has changed, from what, I still don’t know. News is news, no matter how you slice it. But, in order for the ratings of these different stations, ABC, CBS, NBC, to list the three major news sources, to stay at the top, the T.V. reporters do what they can to tell the news more interestingly to include smiles, and sometimes jokes. (laughter). OF course, no laughing matter when harm is done. Music certainly has changed, from the old jazz and swing, to hard rock, punk rock, to something I really hate-hip-hop, and the garbage of rap. those last two are not music. Talking and singing are two entirely different means of communication. Being retired, I’m doing various forms of arts and crafts to keep me busy, while doing this, I listen to MPR. thanks.

  • Jeff C.

    “The chances are pretty good that you recognize the “imposter syndrome”: the feeling that regardless of where we are, we don’t really belong there, and to the extent that people say nice things about the job we do, it’s only because of our ability to fake our way through the day.

    It’s exhausting. It’s isolating. And I’m not going to miss it.”

    I thought of you, Bob, when I heard this song this weekend. It is by Jonatha Brooke, who I first learned about when I was working at MPR. She was living in Boston then. Now she lives in Minneapolis (yet another Mass. & Minn. connection).

    Hope you slept in today.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxbjqGiSFhI