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September 14, 2017

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Great again!

I've got one:

When I was five or six I had a subscription
to "Jack and Jill" magazine. I especially
loved the monthly stories about Baba Yaga
the Russian witch. I begged my parents to
take me to Russia. Finally they agreed.

This was in Chicago. One Saturday we went
to the station and boarded a train. I remember
being in the dining car, excited to be on the
way to Russia.

Finally we arrived. I jumped off the train and
started running down the platform. Then I saw a
sign. It said "Milwaukee." I went to my father
and told him, "The sign says Milwaukee." He nodded.
"That's right. Milwaukee, Russia." I was again overjoyed.

I love this--especially going all the way to Milwaukee (bypassing Kenosha, Russia)! I'm a big fan of Do Not Be a Gentleman When You Say Goodnight--what a range ("Then all hell breaks loose")!

And then the Braves of Milwaukee, formerly the Browns of St. Louis (and of Boston previous to that) win the World Series with a lineup lacking a single Russian. -- DL

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