October 26, 2007
Anna Christopher, NPR



October 26, 2007; Washington, D.C. – Writer Robert Fulghum, best known for his bestseller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, writes about his belief in always making time to dance in a personal essay for the ongoing NPR series This I Believe. Fulghum’s essay will air on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday on Sunday, October 28. For stations and broadcast times, visit www.NPR.org/stations

Inspired by Edward R. Murrow’s 1950s radio program of the same name, This I Believe made its premiere in April 2005 and features people from all walks of life expressing their core beliefs and values in short, personal essays. Segments air on NPR on All Things Considered and Weekend Edition Sunday, and are also available at www.NPR.org/thisibelieve

A native of Waco, Texas, Fulghum confesses to daily solo “dance time,” converting his dining room into “an open space with a hardwood floor, stereo and a disco ball.” In the essay, he shares his recent enthusiasm for the tango, including his plans to spend three months in Buenos Aires for an “immersion in tango culture.” Fulgham, who celebrated his 70th birthday this year, writes in his essay that he uses dance to disguise a fear of aging. “My passion for tango disguises a fearfulness. I fear the shrinking of life that goes with aging. I fear the boredom that comes with not learning and not taking chances. I fear the dying that goes on inside you when you leave the game of life to wait in the final checkout line.”

Fulghum, who now splits his time between Seattle and Crete, worked as a Unitarian minister for 22 years, and also taught painting and philosophy. He joins an impressive list of well-known essayists who have contributed to the series since its premiere on April 4, 2005, including fellow writers Isabel Allende; Studs Terkel; Rick Moody; Azar Nafisi; and Gloria Steinem.

More than 32,000 NPR listeners have also submitted essays to This I Believe. Essays chosen for broadcast have ranged from revelations about parents, personal struggles, race and identity to the importance of feeding monkeys. This I Believe essay writing has been incorporated into the activities of schools, community groups, places of worship as well as birthday celebrations. Essays have also been read or played at weddings and funerals. The series is a collaboration between NPR and This I Believe, Inc., produced by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, with John Gregory and Viki Merrick.

To date, This I Believe essays have consistently ranked among the top e-mailed stories on NPR.org. To listen or to read past essays, please visit www.NPR.org/thisibelieve