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    The best State Fair in our state! (responsorial) CHEESEHEAD BY PROXY, “back in Northern Minnesota”: “Subject: State Fair ‘Old Time’ photo. “I enjoyed reading the recent stories from the family that ran a booth at the State Fair’s Heritage Square [Sunday BB, 8/2/2020]. I’m old enough to remember when that was a teen area during the 1960s! But I digress. “Their family photo from the Old Time (or was it Old Tyme?) photo booth reminded me that ours has been hanging on the wall for decades now in the original cheapie metal Ben Franklin frame I purchased for it in 1983. “Going to the State Fair was a major expense for us back then, and you couldn’t just charge...
    The best State Fair in our state! THE GRAM WITH A THOUSAND RULES writes: “Subject: Memories of Heritage Square. “Hey! No fair! When August rolls around, it’s time to start thinking about going to the State Fair. Sadly, this year, we have only the memories of our favorite places at The Great Minnesota Get-Together. “Mine all emanate from Heritage Square, where our family manned a booth beginning in 1976. It was the Bicentennial year, and we decided it was the perfect venue to showcase our porcelain-doll business. It was supposed to be just a one-year venture, and the site we were assigned was located inside the big tin-roofed building on the east end. “We were required to wear...
    Now & Then DebK of Rosemount: “Cousin Linda has just been consoling me on the death of one of my favorite e-tailers, another victim of the COVID shutdown. By way of commiserating, she mentioned her own grief at the passing of mail-order catalogs — especially the Spiegel catalog, which introduced to the farmsteads of Northwest Iowa the cosmopolitan possibilities of Chicago and other faraway places with bright lights and tall buildings. “I don’t think Grandma Bobzien ever made it onto Spiegel’s mailing list, but her vast dining-room table was the off-season repository of an astonishing array of other mail-order catalogs. The behemoths sent by Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penney dominated slimmer (but more numerous) offerings by...
    The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon CEE CEE of Mahtomedi reports: “Had a B-M today. “I know I probably should have heard of this before — but not being Irish or Catholic, maybe I can be forgiven. [Bulletin Board wisecracks: There’s no forgiving anyone who’s neither Irish nor Catholic! No need to, either!] “One friend posted a picture of her ‘Irish Twin’ and herself. It is her brother’s birthday today (nine months and one week apart, they shared a crib as babes). Another friend posted a picture of his ‘Irish Twin’ brother, 10 months older, whom he sadly lost to cancer. “Never too late to learn something new. Top o’ the mornin’ to you.” Dept. of Neat Stuff (responsorial) VERTICALLY CHALLENGED: “I...
    Dept. of Neat stuff GREGORY J. of Dayton’s Bluff: “Subject: Neat stuff, Brown & Bigelow Division. “When we were kids, there was something called neat stuff. It was difficult to define exactly what neat stuff was, but you knew it when you saw it. It could be something as simple as a cool rock or a fancy marble. Being much older but not much wiser, I still like neat stuff and find eBay an endless source of it. To my surprise, much of it comes from our own Brown & Bigelow. “I knew Brown & Bigelow made playing cards, calendars, and all sorts of things imprinted with pictures of dogs playing poker. But it also produced Remembrance Advertising items,...
    He had a good role! (responsorial) THE LINGUIDIOT: “Subject: Memories of Mel. “Although I spent the better part of 12 years in college classrooms, ZOO LOU’s recollections of Mel Jass [Sunday BB, 6/28/2020] reminded me I was not a particularly dedicated student. “I was a Minneapolis-campus student at the University of Minnesota, but I lived and worked on the St. Paul campus. In the late ’60s, the U started experimenting with closed-caption TV presentations across the two campuses, and I was able to attend one of my classes via CCTV just a block away from the St. Paul Campus Student Center where I worked. I jumped at the chance to avoid more rides on the inter-campus bus. “The class,...
    He had a good role! ZOO LOU of St. Paul: “Subject: Who is that court recorder? “While watching ‘The Alfred Hitchcock Hour’ the other night, I got a most unexpected surprise. “This episode, which aired October 11, 1962, was about a man on trial for a fatal hit-and-run accident. At one point, the prosecuting attorney asks the court recorder to read back a statement made by a witness. When the man stands up, I said aloud: ‘That looks just like Mel Jass! But I don’t remember him doing any acting.’ “Later, when the recorder is asked to read the statement of another witness, I again said aloud: ‘If that’s not Mel Jass, it’s an amazing look-alike.’ “With my curiosity...
    In memoriam Our Pets, Ourselves Division ARWEN of Inver Grove Heights writes: “On May 23, I had to say goodbye to my beloved dog, Peaches. Age, at least 19. “She came to me in 2002 with that name, and it fit her. Golden in color with slightly lighter patches over the shoulders, she was also sweet in nature — a beautiful spirit. “Light of foot she was, and swift, and full of enthusiasm. She would charge with speed and purpose after a ball, whether it was on land or in water, and was always ready for a walk. As my trainer, she helped me get my exercise; I had to work to keep up with her. Her cheerfulness, care...
    Of birds and bees, rams and lambs Clarence the Exuberant Division DEBK of Rosemount reports: “Newly minted home-schooling families have begun visiting St. Isidore Farm, where opportunities abound to bolster life-sciences learning by mixing it up with barn cats, lambs, baby chicks, and pond-dwelling reptiles. (The broody hen, spread Sphinx-like over eggs laid in an unused dog crate, participates only tangentially in the youngsters’ schooling. She tolerates admiring gazes but nothing more intrusive.) “Last week’s young scholars included a family of eight bright-eyed, budding agriculturalists. One particularly apt future farmer — the 5-year-old, I believe — was keen on bottle-feeding one of the twins born on Palm Sunday to our 4-year-old ewe Faustina, a helicopter mama who monitored the...