Due to a scheduling conflict, Secretary of State Bill Gardner was not on More Politically Alert as promised last week, but he'll be on this week. We're taping the show Tuesday afternoon (thus, no calls please) for broadcast in the usual time slots of Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m., Sunday at noon, and next Tuesday at 11 p.m. (usually posted on vimeo.com/channels/mpa by Friday afternoon).
Here was the problem last week. Having me stand out in the cold is one thing, but after the locked door trauma two weeks ago, I couldn't really risk having a dignitary of the status of the Secretary of State standing down on the street unable to get it, so we're taping prior to the building going in to lockdown mode.
Why me? Why am I the only one to have my show stolen while unable to get into the building? One would think it would happen to Backus/Farley, but oh no, it has to be me.
In looking through my tape files for my reading of Truman Capote's A Thanksgiving Visitor (I couldn't find it) and A Christmas Memory (I found it and it'll run Christmas week with background footage of Mancheter decked out for the holidays), I happened upon an interview I last did with Secretary Gardner--in November 2000. You can guess what was number one on the agenda at the time (the Florida "tie"). Maybe I'll use a clip just to show how we looked 11 years ago.
For the November 30 show (on the eve of my Sweet Six--TEE birthday), I hope to have footage of places I grew up in Vermont, not to mention of where Ethan Allen fought the good fight creating a state between the greedy colonial masters of New Hampshire (Benning Wentworth) and New York. I might even get to the spot in Montreal where Allen was captured in October, 1775 while leading an unsuccessful assault on the province--he was forced into the most despicable confinement one can imagine on British ships for the better part of two years. Outrageous! Damn British!
But that's another story...I sense a book review coming soon.
Happy Thanksgiving. My brother makes the best coleslaw one could imagine, not to mention gravy; his wife is great with mashed potatoes, and I've already come up with a premature batch of Christmas fudge. In an attempt to determine whether it's as good as usual, I had to devour ten pieces last night...just testing of course...I don't think it was quite up to par, but the ten pieces went down quickly.
Now, I have to figure out who's been promsed fudge this year, Reps. Cohn and Parison as I recall, not to mention the usual secretaries and cleaning personnel!
It'll be a three batch year.