Back on June 19, Game 4 of NHL playoffs had just ended in a 6-5 overtime victory by the Chicago Blackhawks and since the next day, I didn't have to work, flipping through channels seemed to be the thing to do.
On CBS, David Letterman was chatting with Jeff Daniels and holy wah, they were talking about the Upper Peninsula. Having missed the start of the conversation, I watched a clip online the next day. If you'd like to watch it, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UkR_0U30Rs.
Mr. Letterman expressed curiosity about the U.P. so I think it's about time he travels here for a visit, to see for himself what this most pleasant peninsula is all about.
We'd roll out the red carpet, dust off the welcome mat or whatever other cliche you'd like to use should the "Late Show" host choose to visit.
He definitely could do a show or two from here, dontcha think? We could feed him pasties and cudighis and all kinds of other Yooper treats.
But we could also show him that despite well-worn stereotypes about the hard-drinking, gun-toting, fishing-pole-hauling Yooper, we're more than that. We're much more.
He'd find not only some of the most beautiful terrain on earth but people who are fun and funny. Yoopers are people who can laugh at themselves, even when some of the cliches are so exaggerated as to be ludicrous.
Sure, many of us live to hunt and fish. Some of us enjoy a beer or 12. But we're so much more than that.
Dave would find fine universities, symphony orchestras and exquisite cuisine are part of the real U.P. He'd find a heritage of independence, a legacy of endurance and a tradition of pride.
He'd discover a peninsula that's really a community, people who look out for one another when there's trouble and who rejoice when a neighbor succeeds.
So to all my fellow Yoopers, current and ex-patriot, I make a request: Please encourage Mr. Letterman to head this way, for a personal visit or to tape a series of shows. Whatever works best for Dave: He's welcome.
The best way to do this, I do believe, is to visit the show's Facebook page at facebook.com/Letterman. While you can't post, you can comment on the show's postings.
Maybe if enough of us invite him to the best of Michigan, he'd find some time for a trip.
And he'd discover a place he would want to visit time and again.
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org