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May 13, 2005 |

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Re: 4/30/05 opening monologue — actually, the Susquehanna River doesn't run through Virginia, only through Pa., Md., and NY. The 4th river you were looking for is the York River, which runs about 3 mi. down the road from here. Very disappointing to Virginians (the early ones, not the NY Virginians), who have known the names of those 4 rivers since the first grade. Kind of got you off to a bad start around here, not to mention the misinformation you spread everywhere else. Also, the Newport News Shipyard is nowhere near Norfolk, but rather on the other side of Hampton Roads. Have to come through that tunnel you were talking about to get to it.

Next time you come to Va., I would be glad to review the script for you, at no charge. I enjoy the show every week, especially my hero, Pat Donohue, but I get embarrassed when you make such glaring errors as the ones you did yesterday. Thanks, and keep up the good work.

Bill Campbell
Williamsburg, VA.

Mr. Campbell, I was referring to the rivers that run into Chesapeake Bay which include the Potomac and Susquehanna. The little song I sang went —

Itís a country of rivers, how lovely their names:
Rappahannock, Potomac, Susquehanna, and James.
Elizabeth, Nansemond, so pleasant to say
As they flow to the sea through Chesapeake Bay.

If that seems inaccurate or embarrassing to you, I am sorry, but the audience in Chrysler Hall applauded the verse, so perhaps they were those New York Virginians. As for Newport News being "nowhere near" Norfolk, I guess that depends on what you mean by "nowhere". My Rand McNally would seem to disagree with you, but you're in Williamsburg, so I guess you must know. (I will say hello to Pat from you and tell him you think he should find a better radio show to play guitar on.)

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