Jason Schulte

The Peacock streaming service has given us middle-agers an opportunity to relive a wonderful part of our past: Every season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. 

In an endless debate similar to Pop vs. Soda, Chevy vs. Ford, Red vs. Green, Fountain vs. Bubbler, the eras of Saturday Night Live can spark that same amount of emotion. 

For me, there’s no debate: I started tape recording the show in my early teens and watch usually the next morning. It was the era of Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Phil Hartman.

The sketches were so memorable: Wayne’s World, Matt Foley, Frozen Cavemen Lawyer, Farley and Patrick Swayze auditioning for Chippendales, Carvey as President George H.W. Bush, then Hartman as President Bill Clinton. I know I’m forgetting even more.

“Weekend Update” with Kevin Nealon as he played the straight man to character such as “Operaman” and “Cajun Man” (portrayed by Sandler), “Bennett Brauer” (portrayed by Farley) and David Spade’s “Hollywood Minute”. 

They were so much fun, you couldn’t miss an episode every week. 

When they left, my interest in the show started to decrease. Sure, I would watch a Will Farrell episode every now and then along with watching when Tina Fey would impersonate Sarah Palin, but it just wasn’t the same. 


Online viewing 

As the calendar turned to March and the start of the third month of 2021, here is a quick look at the top stories Sun readers viewed the most for February. 

Gov. Evers announces millions in investments supporting Wisconsin’s families.

A news release from Governor Tony Evers’ press office in which his 2021-23 biennial budget will include more than $140 million to address childcare quality, affordability, and access, along with investing more than $600 million in long-term care infrastructure. 

Trollhaugen announces expansion amidst busiest year. 

Trollhaugen officials explained the expansion would be in three phrases over the next three years. 

Polk County holds vaccination clinic

Polk County health officials announced a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Polk and Burnett county residents. Those eligible to receive the first round of vaccine were: health-care workers, long-term care staff and residents, first responders and those 65 and older. 

Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Fire Inspector

Governor Tony Evers announced flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Wisconsin Fire Inspector, David Tomlinson, who died in December after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. 


Jason Schulte can be reached at editor@osceolasun.com.

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