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October 4, 2005 |

Dear Mr. Keillor:

I met you last week at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and told you that my Father in Ireland was one of your greatest fans. It was September 19, the second anniversary of my Father's death, and I told you that when my Father was dying he was talking about how much he loved your work and was showing the Lake Wobegon books to the priests. You took an envelope out of your pocket, wrote down his name and said you would put him in Lake Wobegon. True to your word, Patrick Brennan was a character in last week's monologue, what a wonderfully kind gesture, I laughed and I cried listening to it.

My heart felt thanks,
Deirdre Brennan


Ah, Deirdre, a writer doesn't pass up a name as good as Patrick Brennan. I was glad to make him a storyteller within the story. which is a neat device, like one of those clown cars in which the real driver is in the back seat. Thanks for waiting around to tell me about your father.

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