Peg's Bottom GazetteTM
Snooseville and Dufur since 1849"
Hon. Editor: Milford
December 7, 2010 --
Many years ago, I heard Ollie North talking about Thanksgiving on his
national radio talk show. The local station was Hillsboro,
Oregon's KUIK. An ephiphany, or moment
of inspiration, struck my half Irish, half Norwegian brain and I dialed
the listener telephone number. I told Ollie that I
was the editor of the Peg's Bottom Gazette, a newspaper in Peg's
Bottom, Oregon -- a small logging
community located between Snooseville and Dufur, Then, I related
a Thanksgiving tale of my
"town" to him and his nationwide audience:
country store, I told them, had ordered turkeys for the holiday, but
the shipment they got in had been
frozen instead of fresh. They couldn't be thawed by Thanksgiving,
so the proprietor of
the store had drilled the southern ends of the birds deeper with an
auger, then inserted wooden
dowling, and sold them as turkey-siccles.
with that, as it turned out, was when you licked them. Your
tongue would freeze to the bird,
and for three days, until the bird thawed, you couldn't say any word
that contained the letter "f"
In a community
of loggers, I explained, that reduced human communications to near zero.
Ollie and his
staff cracked up laughing, and emails came in from all over the
country, so Col. North asked me to
return each week in the future with the news from Peg's Bottom,
Oregon. And, that is what I did for
years, afterward, until Ollie left radio to become a regular
contributor to the FOX News television
Below, you will
find transcribed issues of most of the segments I did for him.