O Captain, My Captain
Now that "Captain Kangaroo" is trending, thanks yesterday to the always-egregious Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), it gives me a chance to bring up a fond memory that I actually met the Captain himself (Bob Keeshan) at a book expo several years back that I was reporting on, and even got to do him a favor with the WGA. He was a very nice guy. And I still have the book he signed for me.
The favor was small, but still a treat.
When I was wandering the hall, I happened to spot his booth where he was promoting his new book, and made my way right over. We got to chatting and he noted that my press badge was from the Writers Guild of America. He mentioned that he was a Guild member in the WGA East, though because of that he wasn't able to get the Guild's Written By magazine which was quite good, and he'd always wanted to. I said that I knew the editor and would follow-up on it.
When I returned to Los Angeles, I gave a call to the editor Richard Stayton and explained the situation. Without a moment's hesitation (not schocking, I know, but still, hey, you never know...) he immediate said with enthusiasm that, of course, he'd be absolutely to add Captain Kangaroo to the mailing list.
It's always nice to be able to do someone a favor. It's hard to explain how joyous it is to do a favor for Captain Kangaroo.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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