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June 27, 2005 |

Dear Garrison,
I am a 17-year-old fan of the show. I eagerly await your visit to my fair state this August. I've already purchased my ticket and I'm trying to have all of my friends come with me, with little success. I hate to be a downer, but I've had a morbid question for quite some time. You are getting along in years, and eventually, you will go on to meet the Creator, or become a cricket, whatever you believe. When that dark day comes, what will become of the show? Who will be the host? Is there a possibility that I could take the wheel? I've always wanted to host a variety show, and I believe I would do the show a good service by keeping it alive. I am serious beyond all measure. Ponder that, and let me know what you think. So long and see you in about 2 months!

Dmitri Rennac
Manchester NH

Dmitri, I don't know how you came to be pondering my demise, but when you do, you shouldn't think of it in terms of a career opportunity for yourself. I am in pretty good shape for the shape I'm in, but of course I could be struck by a truck any day, and meet the Creator, perhaps in cricket form, and at that point there is supposed to be grief on your part, a profound sense of loss, weeping, rending of garments. Only later, perhaps in 60 days or so, are you supposed to take over my job. And as you take it over, you're supposed to protest your unworthiness. This is how we do things in Minnesota. We don't sidle up to geezers and say, "When you kick the bucket, can I have those white shoes?" Be cool. Your time will come.

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