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Earl Sanderson, Eagle Scout
March 9, 2009 |
I just heard, for the first time, your skit on Earl Sanderson, Eagle Scout. You have made fun of many people and professions in the past. But I would encourage you to think twice about poking fun at a program that encourages honor and integrity in our youth. Eagle Scouts are some of our most upstanding citizens. Young scouts work for years to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. It takes a spirit of willingness to serve others, a desire to excel and years of dedication and hard work to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. I believe people who hold that rank deserve our respect. I don't think they should be made fun of in a comedy routine. I found your skit to be offensive. I would ask you to please consider removing it from your repertoire.
I'm glad to know that Eagle scouts have a staunch defender in Helena, Julie, and you're right about the Scout program. I myself was a big failure at Scouting, never even advancing to Second Class, but it was a terrific program back there in the ancient times and it has maintained itself against some powerful cultural tides and for that I have great admiration. Every week or so, people ask me to write a letter of congratulations to a young man who's attained Eaglehood and I sit down and do it, always careful to note that I myself am not an Eagle nor even a Raven or a Bluejay. More like a Magpie. Anyway I'd only say that I don't think Earl Sanderson is the one being made fun of in that sketch. Okay, he's sort of a cardboard hero, lantern jaw and all, but I'd maintain that I, Carson Wyler, the man who keeps falling into holes and gets impatient with his rescuers, is the butt of the joke if anyone is. I keep getting Earl Sanderson, Eagle Scout mixed up with Crispy The Rescue Dog, but whatever it's an occasional thing and the next time I attempt to do Earl, if there is a next time, I will remember your letter. Thanks for writing it.