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June 6, 2003 |

Dear Mr. Keillor,

On the radio, why do you always begin the Writer's Almanac with the
words, "...AND here is the Writer's Almanac for..."?

What are you talking about before you give us your almanac? Can it be
heard on another program? I am presuming that you are talking to someone about some other matter, and then MPR simply edits out your previous conversation.

Jurgen Vsych

Jurgen, "The Writers Almanac" is a tiny show and I assume that it's preceded by some other little thing such as the weather forecast or the basketball scores, and so I say "And" in order to put it in context. I don't know. It just feels comfortable to say that. "Here is the Writer's Almanac" sounds presumptuous to me. The "And" softens it a little.

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