Post to the Host

Host Garrison Keillor answers your questions about life, love, writing, authors, and of course, A Prairie Home Companion.

Send GK Your Question »

One of Us

October 26, 2009 | 3 Comments

To the Host:
Just a small comment about yesterday's show, regarding the tribute to Harry Smith and his place among midwestern men — you said Jimmy Stewart is from Indiana. He isn't. Not the Indiana you allude to. Stewart hailed from the city of Indiana, Pennsylvania, a lovely little city that confuses matters even further by being home to Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Stewart's father had a hardware store in the heart of town, and for years, the Oscar for "The Philadelphia Story" sat in the window.

But putting Stewart and Harry Smith together is rather good company.

Blair T.
Topeka, KS

--

You are right, and thanks for correcting us. Indiana, PA is about fifty miles northeast of Pittsburgh and that puts Jimmy Stewart well out of the midwest, though he played midwesterners well enough to be considered one. It was the self-effacement, don't you know. We consider that someone who gets all flustered and tongue-tied if anybody compliments him is for sure one of us...

Well, this is the problem when the host of the show is older and taller than the women who do the research. If he says something is so, they figure he must know what he's talking about. No more, Blair. I am about to be contradicted on a regular basis, I'm sure.


3 Comments


Please tell me the correct spelling of Piscacoddywoddymoggin? I am sure I have completely butchered it. Thanks so much.


Taken directly from the "Harry" script:

Piscacadawadaquoddymoggin.


It was the self-effacement, don't you know. We consider that someone who gets all flustered and tongue-tied if anybody compliments him is for sure one of us...


or a Canadian!

Previous Post:
« Slow Down and Look Around

Next Post:
Shave and a Haircut...  »

Post to the Host Archive

Complete Post to the Host Archive


American Public Media © |   Terms and Conditions   |   Privacy Policy