Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tuney wrap

Nice wrapup of the Tuney Awards here. It was a heck of a show, which I can say with particular pride because I had almost nothing to do with it.

I was like Yossarian in "Catch-22," who considered the officers' club he didn't help build in Pianosa "a sturdy and complex monument to his powers of determination." Yossarian never lifted a hand to help build it, but then went there often when it was built. "It was truly a splendid structure," Joseph Heller writes, "and Yossarian throbbed with a mighty sense of accomplishment each time he gazed at it and reflected that none of the work that had gone into it was his."

It was a good time. Jim Larson, Scott Prinzing and Cindy Moore all got some stage time, but credit also should go to Jim; Paula Close; and my wife, Pat, for counting the ballots. Through no fault of their own, they wound up having to do the whole job in one day, working late into the night, Paula after pulling a day shift at the office, Pat after flying back from Texas for the funeral, and Jim after holding down the office almost singlehandedly most of the week. Without their efforts, there would have been no Tuneys.

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