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Antarctic Home Companion?
December 4, 2008 |
Wanted to let you know,that for many of us that work at the South Pole Station, your weekly show, that is steamed in, is one of the things that let us feel like we are still part of world we left behind. PHC is one of those things that keep us tethered to the world we love, but yet, is so far away.
Summering in the Antarctic, are you, Dennis? I'll bet it is idyllic. I grew up reading about the famous expeditions to the South Pole and the heroism of Amundsen, Shackleton, Byrd, and especially the Scott expedition that died on the return trip, but I'm sure that conditions have improved and you're not huddled in pup tents chewing on half-roasted sled dog haunch. I'd love to come see the station and will do a show for you ABSOLUTELY FREE if you will persuade the authorities to fly me down there. I have a week free in January. A perfect time to get away from the northern tundra. I would need to bring my older brother, the retired engineer in Madison, who craves a trip to the Antarctic, and I would, of course, bring a musician or two. And a small technical crew so that we could record the whole thing for broadcast. I guess we're talking about a 30-hour flight, right? No problem. We can do it. Are there people at the Station who can sing or tell jokes or tell stories? I wouldn't want to do a show that has meteorologists yakking about wind patterns or geologists geology puts me right to sleep. See what you can do about this. You might need to stage a violent overthrow and take hostages and if you demand PHC as a condition for their release, I will be on a plane pronto. Roger. Over.