Photo of Poster: by Michael Manning
While browsing for holiday gift ideas, I encountered this poster (above). It would be fun for me to be able to brag that "I went to night school with this girl, and look where she ended up." Amusing, but truth be told, no such luck! Next, I spotted a box of Christmas cards with a decidedly Southwestern theme. How many of you can recall Christmas Seasons where forty or fifty holiday cards were mailed to your house by friends down the street, or relatives? I can. For ten years, I can remember spot-printing those infernal Christmas Letters and mailing out between 80 to 100. I'd receive 35 cards from friends who reciprocated during a good year. Today, with the price of stamps at 50 cents each, mailing anything is costly.
I'd just like to say that while bad news continues to permeate the radio and television newscasts, the one question I sought out, for a sense of relief, was first asked by comedian David Letterman soon after the 9/11 attacks: "Is it okay to laugh again?" Those of you who may remember those comments may also recall how the tension in Letterman's studio audience--and I trust in viewers' homes was reduced a bit as well. In radio, I remember almost living to deliver a newscast that I had written. Those days are happily in my past.
We do have a lot of sad news, and far too often. But there is a time for pause. There must be. And comedy--in this instance, deliberate silliness--makes me thankful that I can still feel the desire to make others feel a little more cheerful. In closing, I'd like to repeat a quote from one of my favorite comedians:
"Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on".
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!