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Still working, Sid Hartman turns 100: 'I like doing this'

Ninety-one years in the newspaper business for the Minneapolis native.

No matter the chaos and uncertainties that frequent our world, Sid Hartman has remain a constant in Minnesota – and Sunday, March 15 marks the sports reporter's 100th birthday. 

Born in 1920, Hartman's first column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune was published Sept. 11, 1945. He hasn't stopped writing since, all the while spending approximately four decades as a voice on AM 830 WCCO radio. 

It's on that powerful radio frequency that Hartman will be honored with special guests and broadcast coverage throughout the day Sunday. It's a celebration that WCCO radio is calling the "Sidtennial." 

Recently, special guests have joined morning show host Dave Lee to recognize Hartman's incredible career, including the likes of Fred Hoiberg, Greg Jennings and Tubby Smith. 

And just as he did for Hartman's 99th birthday, national football columnist Peter King penned about the media legend's 91-year newspaper career (he started delivering papers as a boy). 

“I like doing this,” Hartman told King. "There’s not anything else I need to do.”

Hartman explained to King how he's marched on so long: “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I are living a wholesome lifestyles, I don’t smash any laws. I feel that’s it.”

How many columns has Hartman written in his decades of work at the Strib?

According to the Star Tribune, he was 19 shy of 21,000 on his 99th birthday, so that means he's well on his way to 22,000.

The Sidtennial broadcast Sunday on WCCO radio aims to generate donations for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Children's Minnesota, and the DYRK1A Syndrome International Association (DSIA). Here's why, as explained on the Sidtennial website. 

"Since he was 3 years old, Sid’s grandson, Quintin Hartman, has undergone surgery after surgery and test after test, to understand the unusual circumstances around his frequent illnesses. After a long journey with the support and care of Children’s Minnesota and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Quintin and the Hartman family were finally provided a diagnosis of DYRK1A Syndrome, Epilepsy and Autism, and connected with the DYRK1A Syndrome International Association for continued support and care. These critical organizations have been a tremendous support to the entire Hartman family and it is Sid’s birthday wish that the generosity of his friends will help provide more families with continued care."

Anyone hoping to wish Hartman a happy birthday can do so through a donation or by simply writing a birthday message at this link

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