96-Year-Old Sports Columnist Sid Hartman Appears on NBC’s ‘Today’ Show
A Twin Cities icon and sports writer was featured yesterday on NBC’s “Today” Show Sunday morning.
He's been around for a long time, so perhaps you've heard the name once or twice? But 96-year-old Sid Hartman is a sports columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, a job he's incredibly held for more than, (wait for it), 70 years!
According to the Pioneer Press, Hartman started his career as a paper boy in 1929 and after attending high school worked for the Minneapolis Tribune, before starting his first column in 1946 for the Minneapolis Times.
It was then that he moved over the Tribune to cover the Golden Gophers and also write a column – and he's been staying just as busy ever since.
Sid continues to amaze everyone on the Twin Cities beat on his work ethic and commitment to break a story first. To this day he writes several articles a week and even hosts his weekly program "Sports Huddle" with Sid and Dave on Sunday mornings from 9:30-noon on WCCO radio.
The best part of all? Hartman says he doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon.
As long as I can remember (which doesn't mean much at only 35) I've both read Sid's column's and intently listened to him on the radio since I was a kid. My grandpa always had his kitchen stereo tuned in to WCCO and we'd listen to Sid and Dave Mona banter back and forth about everything Minnesota sports related. It was the best, and I still try to tune in and listen today when I can.
Anyways, Ol' Sid sat down with NBC journalist Harry Smith to talk about his career, and how long he thinks he can go! You can check it out below: