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'Dirty Jobs' - Mike Rowe the right man to do them

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  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    It was the 1990s, and Mike Rowe was living the dream.
    By Rowe's own account, that dream included a very questionable work ethic - designed so he would be on vacation about six months out of the year. The TV host says his plan was simple: to get to host television projects so poorly conceived that no amount of luck or talent could possibly save them.
    "And then, when I identified these losers, like the captain on the Titanic, I would sail right for the iceberg," Rowe says. "I'd do it knowing that I'd get paid for a couple of months, and I would not be blamed when they failed."
    That was about 15 years ago, but the San Francisco resident tells the story as if it were two or three lifetimes ago. The popular host of the Discovery Channel reality show "Dirty Jobs" has since become the poster boy for the American work ethic, representing companies such as Ford and Caterpillar, while speaking regularly in front of unions and Fortune 500 companies about the wounded American manufacturing infrastructure. His web site, Mike Rowe Works ( www.mikeroweworks.com), initially set up by fans, is a shrine to hard work and the blue-collar trades.
    The 48-year-old says he had a Huck Finn-like childhood growing up near Baltimore, where he developed a respect for getting dirty while watching his grandfather work with his hands. But Rowe's career didn't reflect those roots until a twist of fate happened in San Francisco - specifically in Grumpy's Restaurant and Pub on Vallejo Street - during his stint as a co-host for "Evening Magazine."
    "I'm up to my neck in irony with it," Rowe says of the success of "Dirty Jobs." "I'll take as much credit for it as you'll give me, but I don't deserve it. I Forrest Gumped my way through the whole thing."

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  2. CJIS

    CJIS MassCops Member

    Great Show
  3. HuskyH-2

    HuskyH-2 G-Rap made me do it!

    Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch, Cash Cab, and Making the Cut are must watches on Discovery.
  4. HuskyH-2

    HuskyH-2 G-Rap made me do it!


    Haha, I love Cash Cab man and Jeopardy. I figure I'm not smart enough to ever make it on Jeopardy, but i could make a good chunk of money in the cash cab.

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