On March 26, 2009, a more youthful Luke Bucklin was named to the 40 Under 40 list published by Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. And ever since that day, Luke has made darned sure everyone knew this to be true. While Biz Journal has kept its ear to the ground, Luke has gone out of his way to clumsily work his 40 Under 40 talking points into conversations with friends, colleagues, clients, family, passersby…
As Luke’s fortieth birthday approached, the publication sent word to him that he would have to renounce this particular feather-in-his cap upon reaching his fifth decade. Time has come today. This is probably why I heard him shout “This reeks of $#%^!&* ageism!” from his office the other day. Or perhaps it was the DMV calling to tell him he had to turn in his vanity plates.
Then came a letter from the FAA telling Luke to “please consider the world your no-fly zone until you retake your pilot’s license testing.”
Then came The Pentathanerd Committee’s “free advice memo” urging Luke to “please refocus your Pentathanerd gold medal aspirations toward The Senior Tour” (any sports fan can tell you Luke is the reigning Pentathanerd Boggle champ from the previous Summer Games).
But still, without coming right out and using the term “in decline,” some have seen this coming. The paparazzi recently shed harsh light on Luke’s mid-day naps in The Nerdery’s nooks and crannies.
In the recorded minutes of a recent executive team meeting, Luke wondered aloud, “As a Founding-Father of The Nerdery, shouldn’t my face be on currency?”
“I’ve found the secret to keeping my boyish looks forever: tanning!” he told his handlers. But it was too hot and he preferred the great indoors.
It was a good run. Happy fortieth birthday, Luke. Consider the strong second act of Betty White – hotter than ever. There has to be a “50 Pushing 50″ list looking for a man of your good standing in the community. The campaign begins anew. Who’ll second my nomination?
Watch these kind words from a few well-wishers: