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February 9, 2009 - Kevin Sweeney
Once in a while, I get unsigned letters, or voicemails with no names included. They are usually negative, and sometimes hilarious.
I still have a postcard (included here) sent to me in 1998. Someone scrawled, “Attn: the Know-it-all who writes the idiotic editorials — What’s the problem? Can’t YOU get any dates? I WILL cancel my subscription when it expires!!!!”
To this day, I have no idea what the person was upset about.
A couple of weeks ago I got a voice mail. I have saved it on my answering machine and play it every once in a while when I need a laugh. It came in response to a headline we ran over the story about an informational meeting about a Level III offender being released in New Ulm.
“This is… Sweeney? Well, you know your headline is really off the wall. ‘Citizens need to be vigilant to offender released in New Ulm.’ You know what, I ain’t bending over for NOBODY! They got themselves where they got ’em to, and we’re supposed to bend over and HELP these people? Sweeney, you might as well forget it. Get a REAL job!”
It’s too bad the person who left the message didn’t leave a name or number. I’d like to call up and find out just what exactly he thinks “vigilant” means.
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One of my favorite pieces of fan mail, from 1998.