This is a sad day for me. Due to changes at the newspaper, I was informed Monday night that this would be my last column for the Idaho Mountain Express. Gone, too, will be the Casino Wisdom, Senior Moments, Horrorscopes and Ask Dr. Spa segments. I’ve had a long relationship with this local paper beginning in August of 1976 and ending today. It has been a good run and I hope that I was able to bring a smile or two every Friday to you. But enough of that. When a door closes, another one opens, and I hope to be back soon in another form of media.
Even though I haven’t had a drink in five years, I think I’ll miss Casino Wisdom, with all its wonderful characters, the most. Some of best laughs I’ve ever had came out of a barroom sparring with fellow imbibers. Senior Moments was fun because as I sailed into the twilight years, many of those moments happened to me. Horrorscopes was created to spoof astrology and all of its earnest future projectors that make a living at our expense. Instead of predicting good fortune and hope, the Horrorscopes did the opposite. Ask Dr. Spa was my oldest creation whereas a curmudgeon pseudo-psychiatrist named Dr. Spa answered your most intimate questions the best way he could, while adding his interpretation of the names of the letter writers.
The column “The Way I See It” has been with me it seems forever. It was my chance to chat with you each week about the goings-on in the valley and put a different perspective on the events and the times.
I’ll miss the people I have worked with at the Express in the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s and 10s—five decades. Each crew of each decade taught me how a newspaper works and survives. I’ve seen a lot of great newspaper folks come and go over the years. One thing I learned was that it took a special kind of person to be in the game. It never was for the money. It was for the story.
Lastly, I’ll miss you, the readers of my humor page who have stopped me on the street or at the store or at an event to tell me how they laughed over the years at something I wrote. To me, that’s a welcome legacy.
It was nice talking to you.
Editor’s note: The IdahoMountain Express thanks Chris Millspaugh for all of his work for the newspaper and for the community of the WoodRiverValley. His words have brought smiles and laughs to many of our readers.
Mr. Millspaugh still lives in a log cabin.