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Fri, 15 Sep 2006 11:53:21 EDT
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Dear Fellow Twainiacs,
     When the idea was first suggested to issue an award for comedy in Sam's
name, I thought surely the first few candidates would make sense: Russell
Baker, Roy Blount Jr., Christopher Buckley, Art Buchwald, Garrison Keillor
S.J. Perelman, to name six from a long list.
     But no.
     The whole Mark Twain "prize" is about boosting the sagging   future of
the Kennedy Center. Every recipient so far, though each of formidable
has worked primarily, if not exclusively, in television and film.
     Can something be done about this?

Kathy O'Connell