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.