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December 4, 2003 |

Dear Mr. Keillor,

Is it a required Minnesotan custom to call you Mr. Keillor? I'm curious as I'm from Australia where we call everyone 'Mate'. If you lived in Australia, we might also call you Gazza or Killa or Tiny (because you're tall) or Bluey (because you have red hair).



We may be a little formal in Minnesota but only much younger people would call me Mr. Keillor, or people who were irked with me, or bureaucrats being officious. Or a friend of mine, ironically. But we don't take to nicknames readily, not the kind that refer to physical traits. I suppose we think they are cruel. And usually it's people you don't really care for who attach them to you.

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