Video Six-Pack: REO Speedwagon

I have wanted to write about the REO Speedwagon music videos for quite some time, but I am just now getting around to it. Thanks for reading!

Just as REO was getting to be well-known around the world in the 1980s, this little thing called MTV kicked off and, as they say, the rest is history.

Those who know me know that I have been an REO Speedwagon fan since I was about 15 years old. There’s always time at my house to put in a DVD of REO in concert and crank it up!

I saw my first REO concert in June of 1977 during a “Summer Jam” concert at Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. There were several groups performing that day like Ted Nugent, Head East, Black Oak, etc. Overall, I have probably seen REO live about 20-25 times since then. I once said when I was younger that I would drop everything to be “security” for REO on tour. Maybe if I win the lottery, I might follow REO on tour for a whole year!

In the past decade, I was able to see REO with my son and daughter, which was very neat. In 2006, my son and I met lead singer Kevin Cronin in Three Forks, Montana, just before REO performed at Rockin’ the Rivers.

When my daughter was in the front row at a concert in Great Falls, Montana, three members of REO played for her: REO Speedwagon 080211

Back in the early 1980s, music videos took off. When “MTV” started playing music videos on August 1, 1981, “Take it on the Run” from REO was the ninth video ever played on MTV. Sadly, the video only played for a few seconds due to a technical glitch, but it was ninth, damn it!

Here are my six favorite REO Speedwagon music videos of all time and some honorable mentions. Enjoy my six-pack and by all means, turn up the volume!

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Terrific News Tuesday

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. – Norman Vincent Peale

Welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Anita and Jason
  • High School Graduation Rate
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Last Presidential Debate
  • Lee Newspapers Polls
  • Register to Vote

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MT Politics 2016: Medicaid, the Plane, Hooked, & Slideshow

Some of the topics I will be writing about today include Medicaid expansion in Montana, Governor Steve Bullock and the state plane, Greg Gianforte and the “Hooked,” campaign ad, and the Gianforte family “Slideshow” campaign ad.

There’s a lot more – so read on…

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Wednesday’s Quick Hits

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Welcome to Wednesday! Here are some “Wednesday Quick Hits” about these important issues:

  • 43 Senators
  • The Old Media Advisory
  • Tribune Question
  • Tim Fox – Tale Grows Taller
  • Mississippi is Closed
  • Wisconsin Analysis
  • TWW Bumper Sticker Contest

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Terrific News Tuesday

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. – Norman Vincent Peale

Hey kids – welcome to March! It’s also Super Tuesday for you political junkies, plus it’s time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Maci Lilley
  • Walk-In Express Clinic
  • Presidential Candidates & Montana
  • Edward Byers Jr
  • REO Speedwagon

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Thursday Numbers

Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts. – E. B. White

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” Are you ready for Christmas? Me neither…

In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Presidential debate, Montana Public Service Commission, climate change, Scholastic & James Patterson, unemployment, omnibus spending bill, red kettle, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Thriller, Golden State Warriors, inmates in Montana, and much more!

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Monday’s Potpourri

Hello Monday!

I think I may have overdosed on football this weekend – or maybe it was the barbecue ribs. There are still two NFL games left to watch tonight. The good news is that I still have some ribs left over!

It’s time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column. Today’s topics include:

  • Jess O’Hara & Closed Primaries
  • Jim Nelson & Kim Davis
  • Phil Drake & Helena
  • What the Hay Contest
  • Gary Richrath & REO Speedwagon

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