A posse of coffee-drinking buddies from my Kansas days were initially depressed when the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce announced that none other than Sarah Palin was to be the speaker for the chamber's annual do at the city's Bicentennial Center arena.
Another conservative Republican, they sighed.
Hey, I know, one of them said, let's put on a show of our own. Let's call it Reality Not Celebrity. And let's invite, oh, I don't know, some wordy progressive guy like George Pyle to come back and give the keynote.
So I did.
I love irony.
The full text of my talk is here. [UPDATE: Audio stream added.]
-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News
[Photo by Tom Dorsey/The Salina Journal]
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