The 100th Kansas State Fair kicks off today in Hutchinson. The Fair holds many memories for me. As a youngster at the fair, I met local television personality Ollie Henry, who displayed many of my childish drawings on his noon-time show. That was a thrill.
I also remember seeing a campaign button for a Kansas politician named Bob Dole, who was running for congress.
As a broadcaster I spent many hours in radio station booths at the Fair, greeting the public.
A visit to the Fair was the topic of the first McIntosh Report, aired on September 2nd, 1971 … 42 years ago this week. K-E-Y-N program director Dave Biondi had been after me for weeks … urging me to use by wit and writing skills to do commentary. Finally, Dave reserved the air time and ordered me to fill it.
It evolved into a daily, 200-word commentary that has certainly gained the attention of listeners over the years.
Our thought for today is from H. Jackson Brown Jr.: