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January 3, 2007 |
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This is to thank you for one of the best New Year's Eve's I've ever had, and I've had a lot! My plan was to watch your show on PBS, probably after my father, who is 96 and lost the love of his life on New Year's morning four years ago, had, with the cat riding on the seat of his walker as she does every night at 10, gone to bed with his book. But my father watched in fascination as you walked around Nashville and then he stayed for the rest of the show smiling and marveling at the stories, the sound effects, and the musicians and reading the lyrics of the love songs that so applied to him and my mother, the little Swedish girl who at age 5 started school in my father's living room where he, 3 years her senior, and 15 or so of the other children in Hot Springs VA were taught by his aunt. (I know that's a run-on sentence, but I like it).
When the show was over, we looked at each other and laughed as we agreed that we had experienced something very special on this New Year's Eve that surely is one of the last that we will spend together. Blessings, thanks, and Happy New Year!
That's a run-on sentence that would've made William Faulkner envious, Anne. If you'd put some dolphins and a crazed pterodactyl in it, Fred Newman could do it on the radio. Glad you enjoyed the show. Doing TV is more or less like being tied naked in the stocks as people throw dead fish and offal at you, but if onlookers find it amusing, then I guess that lends some purpose to the exercise.