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January 4, 2007 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
I am the only student at Worland High School who listens to your show. How am I so certain you ask? While my fellow students are asking each other if they heard the latest song by some pop group, I am asking them if they caught last week's news from Lake Wobegon. The many stares and "Lake what" tell me that they have not. On Saturday nights my friends call and say "Don't tell me you're listening to that stupid show again." I ask them if they have been getting enought ketchup lately. I would much rather listen to the world's tallest radio comedian than play at the park on a cold Wyoming night. I always look forward to hearing the rad rhubarb script and smiling to the sound of Dworsky rocking out. There is a wonderful and complete feeling that I can only get while listeing to A Prairie Home Companion or when at my grandparents house. Your show really scratches me right where I itch.
Thanks for the kind words, bucko. I admire you sticking up for our radio show there in Worland, Wyoming. You're a brave man. It's awfully easy to kowtow to the majority and mouth the prevailing wisdom and it takes integrity to say what you yourself think and believe in. We sort of expect that from westerners though, don't we? When Oscar Wilde came to America, the Easterners looked at him askance because he was rather flamboyant and even weird, but the cowboys and miners of the West welcomed him as if he were one of their own. Mark Twain got his voice out west and he was as independent as they come. So stick to your guns, and we'll try to make a show that's worthy of being defended publicly in your high school.