Letters: Mary Margaret McBride, Plastic Flowers

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Jennifer Ludden reads letters from listeners. Topics include a memory of radio host Mary Margaret McBride, and a comment — related to the appearance of author Shannon Appelgate — on some of the items left at gravesites.


Time now for your letters. Last Saturday, we talked with Susan Ware about her biography of radio show pioneer Mary Margaret McBride. Listener Barbara Woof(ph) from Lutz, Florida, told us that she remembers hearing McBride's show. `I think her program was on at noon in the Midwest time zone,' she wrote, `as I can remember listening to her when I came home from school for lunch, then running the four blocks back as soon as the program was over.' Ms. Woof, who says she's 75 years old, finds it hard to believe that younger people haven't heard of Mary Margaret McBride.

Several listeners wrote in to comment on last Sunday's interview with author Shannon Applegate about her book, "Living Among Headstones." It's the story of the small, rural cemetery she inherited in Douglas County, Oregon. Georgie Ann Johnson-Coffee(ph) from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, was dismayed by Ms. Applegate's distaste for jars of plastic flowers placed at grave sites in her cemetery. She wrote, `Plastic flowers, aluminum foil and mayonnaise jars are as important and loving as gold coins, knighthood and fresh roses delivered weekly.'

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