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Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about the CEO of Delta Airlines and Olympic gaffes.


It's time now for your letters. Last week, we talked to Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson, who told us what he thinks customers really want from his company.

RICHARD ANDERSON: Well, if you look at what consumers want in the U.S., they want choice.

BLOCK: But David Spain(ph) of Portola Valley, California, begs to differ. He writes this: I found his comment that customers want more choice, as a justification for nickel and diming passengers with charges for items that used to be included, disingenuous at best. Those old enough to have flown in the era of airline regulation - when getting from A to B cost the same on every airline - remember fondly airlines competing for your business with the quality of service they provided.


Also, last week, we told you about a series of gaffes of Olympic proportions. The 2012 Summer Games, to be held in London, haven't started yet, but the bloopers sure have. They include a torch flame-out, the resurrection of South Africa's apartheid-era anthem, and the Royal Mint printing commemorative coins using the Greek gods' Roman names. Whoops.

Well, Jim Welden(ph) of Federal Way, Washington, adds one more gaffe to the list. He writes: I think the best one so far is Bill Curbishley, longtime manager of The Who, was contacted by the London Olympic Committee asking if Keith Moon might be able to participate in the opening ceremonies. We should remind our listeners that Moon, the band's famous drummer, died back in 1978. In response, Mr. Curbishley told the Sunday Times: I emailed back, saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to The Who's anthemic line...


THE WHO: (Singing) Hope I die before I get old.

CORNISH: The band's manager didn't stop there. He said: If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him.

BLOCK: Well, fortunately for you, we are a lot easier to reach. Just go to, and click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page.


THE WHO: (Singing) ...we all say. Talking 'bout my generation. I'm not trying to cause a big sensation. Talking about my generation. I'm just talking 'bout my generation.

CORNISH: You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, from NPR News.


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