Welcome to Part Two of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade, our new audio adaptation of what seems to be many readers' favorite Steyn book. If it's not to your taste, we have plenty of lively capers in all genres over on our Tales for Our Time home page.
Debra, a First Day Founding Member of The Mark Steyn Club from the mellifluous municipality of Nacogdoches, says:
No longer surprised (as I was for years), I still marvel that you continue to endear and delight all who are fortunate enough to encounter the product of your considerable gifts. Passing Parade has always been my favorite, also.
Hurrah! and thank you for this latest audio gem.
Very kind of you, Debra. David Wilson, a First Weekend Founding Member from California, agrees:
I have always enjoyed reading your obits, whether I know the subject or not. I was surprised, long ago, upon reading a collection of Ronald Reagan's speeches that I like his eulogies the most. Like him, you bring a deft hand to sketching both the broad picture of a life, and the telling detail.
That's a generous comparison, David. Speaking of President Reagan, this weekend's instalment of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade pairs two long and contrasting lives of the twentieth century: first the Royal Family's dear old Queen Mum (mother of the present Queen, last Empress of India, and inventor of the Royal "walkabout"), and then the aforementioned Gipper:
Ronald Reagan was an American archetype, and just the bare bones of his curriculum vitae capture the possibilities of his country: in the Twenties, a lifeguard at a local swimming hole who saved over seventy lives; in the Thirties, a radio sports announcer; in the Forties, a Warner Brothers leading man ...and finally one of the two most significant presidents of the American century. Unusually for the commander in chief, Reagan's was a full, varied American life, of which the presidency was the mere culmination.
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Can't tell you how much I enjoy TFOT. I've had occasion to make several road trips from upstate NY to Tampa and back this winter, and your tales made the miles fly by - The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Thirty-Nine Steps, Three Men In A Boat, PSmith, Journalist, among others. I must have been quite a sight, howling with laughter all by myself in the car, while listening to PSmith ("Cozy Moments cannot be muzzled!" - I still laugh thinking about that line!).
With regard to last weekend's musings on Calvin Coolidge and North Country presidents, Cathleen adds:
By the way, although Chester Arthur was born in Fairfield, VT, he is actually buried in the Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, NY with his wife and family. His family had eventually settled in Schenectady, NY, where he attended Union College. The Albany Rural Cemetery is a beautiful 275-acre park-like cemetery where I have meandered away many a quiet morning hour.
Steady on with that "born in Fairfield, Vt" stuff, Cathleen. Until they closed the US/Canadian frontier a year ago, it was my habit to have Sunday brunch just across the border in Quebec, in the course of which journey, on the outskirts of Dunham, I would pass a sign noting proudly that the town was the "birthplace of the 21st US President Chester Arthur..."
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