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April 8, 2013

Selections from the virtual mailbag

Well, it’s time to open up the email bag, and it’s really full!

From my Nov. 19, 2012, column about the election, “Todd from Worcester” emailed me saying that I had “hardly masked my Democratic Party leanings in my so-called unbiased column.” Well, Todd, I went back and checked. In that column I called both Republican Karl Rove and Democrat John Kerry big election year losers for various reasons. If that is not fair and balanced criticism, well, Todd, I just can’t help you.

In my Dec. 3 column, which was “guest authored” by my daughter Frances, “Terry” wrote me that “it was fun to see that my writer’s knack had traced from Dad down to daughter.” That was nice, Terry. Frances is a talented writer for sure.

In my Jan. 14 column, which was my annual list of “unknown” celebrity deaths of the previous year, I mentioned the passing of “Blinky the Clown” who had entertained children for more than 40 years in the Denver area. I actually received three messages from folks in our region who grew up in the Denver area and were so surprised to hear about a childhood memory in my column. They agreed, “Blinky” (Russell Scott) was truly a beloved figure from their youth. Just goes to show you ... it really is a small world.

My Jan. 28 column about upstate foods brought a lot of comments. One wrote online wondering how come I didn’t mention Cooperstown cheeses? Consider them mentioned.

Without a doubt, the biggest response to any column of mine from the last six months was from the one on Feb. 11. I reminisced about Sampson Naval Training Base in Romulus, N.Y., where my Dad went to boot camp. I received more than 20 emails, letters and even phone calls from area veterans who “booted” out of Sampson. They all spoke wistfully of their time there and shared enough memories of the training base with me to fill a small book.

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