Column: Charlie Sheen did what? No, really, what did he do?

• Originally published in the Kane County Chronicle on March 4, 2011

This week, our college freshman columnist Mel Mazuc writes about Charlie Sheen.

I’m glad she did, because I don’t have anything to say about him. Maybe if I knew more about what was going on with Mr. Sheen I might, but it seems I’m one of the few people who are not Charlie Sheen savvy.

I know that’s he been in the news lately and that apparently he’s been doing some crazy stuff, but I don’t know what that crazy stuff is nor exactly why it is newsworthy.

I just can’t get myself to care about Charlie Sheen, even though I know I probably should for my job.

Part of my job is to learn what people are talking about. People are talking about Charlie Sheen, which means I should know why people are talking about Charlie Sheen.

But, to be honest, I struggle with the pop culture stuff.

I didn’t figure out who Justin Bieber was until about a year after he was a household name. I’m still not sure why he’s famous. I couldn’t pick Ke$ha out of a police lineup. In fact, I had to look up how to spell her name.

As I get older, it seems these pop culture icons jump in and out of the mainstream at a much faster pace than when I was growing up.

As a teenager, I always swore to myself that I would be one of those adults who kept up with pop culture – to not be like my dad whose music knowledge – as far as I know – begins with the Beatles and ends with Billy Joel.

Now, I’m awash in a sea of Charlie Sheen antics, pop stars with oddly spelled names and who knows what else. I certainly don’t.

Perhaps it’s best I leave all that to Mel Mazuc and join my father in the land of Beatles and Billy Joel.

Joe Grace is the editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at or call him at 630-845-5368.


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