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Dear Mr. Keillor, My daughter

December 9, 2005 |

Dear Mr. Keillor,
My daughter Carina and I saw the show on Saturday evening at Town Hall in NYC. We waited by the stage door and just before we abandoned hope to head for the subway, you came wandering out. You were extremely gracious and when you pronounced her name correctly (Carina...Carina...Carissima!) she was just thrilled. We had a fabulous time enjoying very much the eclectic group of guests, especially Renee Fleming who was quite funny. I am a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican and West Indian descent and love your tales of Lake Wobegon, Guy Noir, and all the rest. Somehow the midwestern sensibilities of the show resonate really well with my Big Apple values--go figure. Maybe it's the time spent at Advent Lutheran Church on the Upper West Side that does it.

My question: How do you decide whether the Catchup Board or Bebopareebop Rhubarb Pies are sponsors for a given show? Do they have mutually exclusive contracts?

Thanks for a great evening!
Paul & Carina Mondesire

Paul, you have a lovely daughter and I'm sorry you had to wait on the sidewalk so long. I went up to my dressing room and changed out of the tux and suddenly the room was full of beautiful women all jabbering and laughing and some time passed before I extricated myself and left the building. I lose track of time when I'm in the midst of women and sometimes forget my billfold too and lose my cellphone. As for the sponsors, I don't understand any of that myself, but there are no exclusive contracts, I'm sure. And rhubarb pie and ketchup go pretty well together, so long as they're not too close together.

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