Phyllis!

Today, I have a little something called “Cruising Speed, Part I.” It’s the beginning of a cruise journal. A journal of what cruise? Well, the cruise — the one NR just concluded. For Part I, go here. In it, I have an item about Phyllis Schlafly, who was one of our guest speakers. And I thought I’d share a letter about her:

Jay,

. . . Back in the ’80s, she did a short newsy radio program called The Phyllis Schlafly Report. It was produced and recorded at the studio/agency where I was working, and I was assigned to be her producer. I even wrote her theme song! She came in about once a month and recorded a couple dozen three-minute shows.

I was impressed by how much she knew about so many things, and what a professional she was. This was, of course, at a time when she was being demonized in the press, much as Sarah Palin is today. The years I spent producing her program were significant in making me more politically aware, and swinging me way to the right. (Both recording engineers from those sessions also remain firm right-wingers, 20 years on.)

. . . We had virtually no “outtakes” from her sessions because she was just so darned good.

Can I tell you my favorite line from this letter? “Both recording engineers from those sessions also remain firm right-wingers, 20 years on.”

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