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This feels particularly apropos at the moment because my oldest, who just turned 21, is acting like an entitled shithead and I’m afraid to tell him because I don’t want to “push him away” (particularly when he already lives so far away), but SOMEBODY needs to tell him so he doesn’t keep on being a shithead. I’m going to have to do it, but I sure don’t want to.

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I enjoyed your article very much. I loved the picture of you and your son. Enjoy doing things with him, because in a blink of the eye he’ll be grown and living elsewhere. My oldest child is now a busy trial attorney and we don’t get to do much together just he and I. But he still marks the Cleveland Guardians home opener off on his calendar and we go tonthat together. I am 65 and not sure how many home openers I have left. But I plan on going with him as long as he’ll go with me and I am physically capable of going.

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Great read Bob Reid and the impact he had on you, your career and your life for that matter. I think we all need a little mental comeuppance in our youth! Thank you.

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I'm reading this minutes before my daughter's 5th birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. Need to wipe away the tears before everyone gets here! Forever thanks for your writing, Will.

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I read this aloud to my husband over breakfast and we cracked up. Fantastic setup and hilarious payoff. Mr. Reid’s criticism was a gift even if it f-ed with your head in the same amount that it helped inspire you to become great. It had not occurred to me to pinpoint why Gen X doesn’t want to tell super f-ing annoying young people what their problem is but now that I hear your theory I agree. We “don’t want to be one of those kind of old people.” Even your featured song reflects a desire to still be thought of as cool. And it is a cool song. Thank you for sharing it.

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Really enjoyed this article. I work with college students and related to this. Go Illini! Watching them on TV right now.

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Well-crafted piece. Also, Bob Reid seems like kind of a d-bag.

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Will, didn't you have Lou Liebovich for 380? I thought you were in my class. Maybe I'm misremembering. 1996 was a long time ago now, LOL.

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Saw that coming. Professor Reid was, as you said, the perfect motivator. So well written, as usual, Will.

Illini will be fine, if they stop depending on the 3.

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always a treat to read - I think the professor would be proud/glad of the outcome

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This was great! Thank you!

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