The Mobile Leprechaun turns 13! Here’s the annual backstory…

This week marks 13 years since one of the best (and one of the first) viral videos off all time was born. It’s hard to believe that much time has passed.

The original version of the video has amassed more than 28 million views, not including the remixes and all the other creative variations. Every year around St. Patrick’s Day more and more people are introduced to the video for the first time.

Last year, Barstool Sports announced the video is the first-ever induction into its Internet Hall of Fame. Obviously a major honor.

Unfortunately, after all these years, we still don’t know where da gold at.

I’m forever linked to the iconic story because I’m one of the anchors who introduced it on camera. As a result, I’m peppered with questions about it several times a year. One question is often repeated: “Was that a real news story?” The answer is yes and no…

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Social Media Boot Camp: Mobile, Alabama

I lived in Mobile for seven years and worked at WPMI, the NBC affiliate there. My wife and I moved there shortly after we got married in 2000 and had our first child at Mobile Infirmary. Jack is now 13 and at the beginning of crafting his digital footprint. Whether today’s young people know it or not, they’re a diving into the digital world head first and leaving a mark that will follow them into adulthood.

I know a 5th grader just hopping into the social media fray isn’t thinking about the possible future consequences of what he or she is posting today, but the danger is very real. My Social Media Boot Camp aims to set children on the right path at a young age so they don’t screw up when they’re older. I liken their early exposure to various social media platforms to being tossed into the deep end of the pool when they don’t know how to swim

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