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A fan letter from Connecticut.

July 14th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Every summer in recent years, especially around the 4th of July, many PBS stations across the country replay some of my documentaries, like A HOT DOG PROGRAM and GREAT OLD AMUSEMENT PARKS.   And so I get some really nice emails and letters from viewers around the country.

This letter arrived at my home address this past weekend, July 9 or 10, 2011.  (And I think the pen pal in Minneapolis may have helped find my home address.)  The note is written in pencil on three-hole-punched lined paper, and I think Chip’s mom also assisted with the writing and some of the sentiments.  Still it’s a fun letter.

Dear Mr. Sebak      My name is Chip.   I am 9 years old.  With help from my pen pal in Minneapolis he has a computer.  I have wanted to tell you how much I like your programs.   My mom has a farmers almanac that lets her know when Summer starts.  For me Summer starts when WGBY shows my 3 favorite programs.  Sandwiches That You Will Like — Hotdog Program — Ice Cream Show…  In that order.  I do not know exactly which thing I enjoy more.  (your narration, the places picked to film, background music, people interviewed, or the graphics like in Sandwiches… the old business card in start of Show.)

2 years ago I had a used VCR from a tag sale.  I recorded my 3 favorite programs, watch them over and over…  I wore out the tape & VCR.

You are the reason why I stopped watching Nickelodeon and Cartoon network.  PBS is my favorite station.  P.O.V.’s Kokoyaku is very good.  When your show is not onI watch Nature and Nova.  What American Experience is your favorite mine is the Birth of Radio.

After watching Pennsylvania Diners I think I was born in the wrong state.  Your state must be a great place to live.

Now Olive my other cat sleeps on me as I watch Lincoln Highway on TV and I am trying to write this letter.  (CPTV shows programs too.)

Can I make a suggestion?  I hope your next show will be about snacks.  Like Hotdogs, the best places for cake or candy, soda, chips, fudge cookies or other stuff.  (Maybe call it Sweets, Treats and good things to eat)  Around here Avery’s makes a great soda!   

So thanks you so much, to you and for your awesome shows.

Your fan,  Chip

Well, we’re not sure yet what we’ll be doing next for PBS, but I always appreciate good ideas.  And young attentive fans.  Thanks, Chip.  And Chip’s mom.



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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joan // Jul 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing Chip’s letter. I too have enjoyed your programs many times over the years. It’s like visiting with an old friend whenever I happen to stumble across them. I have to say I’m usually hungry after watching! I look forward to your next program. Cheers from Nova Scotia! Joan

  • 2 christina // Sep 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    chip’s letter is too precious!! absolutely adorable. equally, i love your shows, watching your ‘breakfast’ program now. thank you :)

  • 3 Catherine Wolken // Sep 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed your programs but since I moved to western Ohio I only get to see them when they are on nationally. Watching the Lincoln Highway program made me remember my father who once said that Penn Ave. is the longest street in the country. We kids just rolled our eyes when he said things like that. I run a blog for the local historical association and if you want ideas, there are museums and history societies all over the place dedicated to anything you can think of.

  • 4 Christine Fiorina // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Dear Rick;
    Your shows help my Saturdays (or Sundays) be a relaxing time. My brother (who grew up in Lower Burrell and moved on to Europe) has a wine blog. (http://www.thevineroute.com). I hope that you would check out his articles (in your spare time…LOL) as one journalist to another. Local man remembers Pittsburgh. THANKS for all of your work for our enjoyment.

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