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October 26, 2006 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
When I was younger, my father and I would work on his car and you would always be playing on the radio. My father bought the Lake Wobegon tapes and I would sneak them out of his study and listen to them late at night. Now I am serving overseas in the Army. I don't get to hear your show that much but recently I received A Prairie Home Companion on DVD and it has helped lift my spirits and the spirits over here in Iraq, as I have watched the movie with many other soldiers. I just wanted you to know that.
Thank you for doing what you do and I look forward to raising my son listening to your show and working on cars in the future.
Glad you liked the DVD and had I known you'd be watching it in Iraq, I might've put more women in it, maybe a dance line during some of the songs. I'm in Flint, Michigan, as I write this, and in the airport terminal is a car you might consider buying when you get back. A 1949 Buick Dynaflow, a handsome car with the little vent holes on the side of the hood. That's a car a person could enjoy working on, from back when people did that. Before cars got all computerized and complicated. My dad loved to work on cars but he didn't see a need to teach me so I am utterly ignorant. About cars and about much else, but it's too late to catch up. There comes a point when one must live with one's ignorance.