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HOMETOWN, USALetter from Andy Rooney
CBS’ 60 Minutes

Dear Michael,

I’m very little inclined to be friendly to anyone who has so little sense as to move from Glens Falls to Plantation, Florida. It’s not that there’s anything wonderful about Glens Falls. The wonderful thing about Glens Falls is its proximity to places that are. If you keep at it, maybe you’ll become Glens Falls’ Bill Kennedy. [Pulitzer Prize winning author of Ironweed and other novels situated in Albany, 40 miles south of Glens Falls]

I grew up summers at Pilot Knob and know Lake George thoroughly well. We lived next door to the Robinsons at the Lake. Their house in Glens Falls was 18 Harrison Avenue. We still have the place at the lake but don’t go there much. Our grown children like it.

I worked for two summers at Union Bag in Hudson Falls. The other good thing about Glens Falls is, it isn’t Hudson Falls.

I liked some of your poems, although I don’t have much patience with poets or poetry. I always want to yell, “Out with it, Man! For Christ’s sake, say it!”

Sincerely,

Andrew A. Rooney

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