Your Letters: Bruno Mars; Ron Santo

Host Scott Simon reads from a collection of listeners' letters about our interview with young rising music sensation, Bruno Mars, and a remembrance of legendary Chicago Cubs player Ron Santo.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Time now for your letters.

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SIMON: A correction first. Our report on President Obama's debt commission last week said that Erskine Bowles, one of the panel's chairmen is from South Carolina. In fact, Mr. Bowles is from North Carolina, where he's president of the University of North Carolina. Our reporter, John Ydstie, apologizes and says that since he's from North Dakota, he's usually more attentive to north-south distinctions.

Last week we spoke with the young rising music sensation, Bruno Mars.

(Soundbite of song, "Nothin' on You")

Mr. BRUNO MARS (Singer): (Singing) Beautiful girls all over the world, I could be chasing. But my time would be wasted. They got nothing on you, baby. Nothing on you, baby.

SIMON: John Hastings of Chicago wrote: I'm 61. The health club I go to plays pop tunes I mostly ignore. This summer, "Nothin' on You" got under my skin. I've been trying to figure out who the heck it is. So thanks again for cluing me in. And, yo, Bruno, respect, dude.

I'll dance to that.

(Soundbite of song, "Nothin' on You")

Mr. MARS: (Singing) Yeah. Nothing on you, baby. N-n-n-nothing on you baby...

SIMON: And about my remembrance of Ron Santo, the legendary Chicago Cubs player who died last week. Ron was a particular inspiration for people like himself, who lived with diabetes.

Albert Teich of Washington, D.C. says: I've always had a special fondness for Ron Santo. I didn't know of his diabetes until after my younger son, Ken, was diagnosed with the disease in the early 1980s. Ken, who was just entering his teens, was pretty depressed, of course. And I somehow got the idea that a conversation with Santo would improve his frame of mind. Ken had a series of lengthy phone conversations with Ron Santo over the next several months. These conversations contributed to the positive outlook on life that Ken has carried with him into adulthood.

We spoke with Sam Irvin last week. He's written a new biography of Kay Thompson, the woman who did everything from act to be a vocal coach for Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne and write the classic children's series "Eloise."

(Soundbite of song, "Eloise")

Ms. KAY THOMPSON (Singer): That's me, Eloise. I'm six. I live on the top floor.

SIMON: Doug Seelye posted this on our webpage: Eloise provided me with the guiding principle of my life - never trust anyone who says they're too old to read children's books.

And 'tis the season to celebrate Kay Thompson. Dean Kay posted a note on our webpage about her version of a holiday classic.

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Ms. THOMPSON: (Singing) Oh, what fun it is to ride in one-horse open sleigh. Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.

SIMON: So different is her version of "Jingle Bells" from the original that it's entitled "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells."

(Soundbite of song, "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells")

Ms. THOMPSON: (Singing) Come on, we're going for a sleigh ride. Christmas time is here again. Come on, we're going for a sleigh ride to spread good cheer again.

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