Monday, November 3, 2008


One of my favorite playwrights is A(lbert).R(amsdell). Gurney, known to many as "Pete" Gurney. His plays, in the words of a teacher I once knew, (and tip of the hat to Salinger), are, for me, very "happy making."

From his play Ancestral Voices: A Family Story.

EDDIE: (Reading) "Queen City of the Great Lakes . . . located at the mouth of the Niagara River . . . Named after a Seneca Chief named Buffalo, or possibly for the bison herds who originally roamed the area." (To GRANDFATHER) I thought Buffalo came from the French. Beau Fleuve, beautiful river.

GRANDFATHER: Where'd you get that?

EDDIE: Gram said it, actually.

GRANDFATHER: Some people like to gussy things up. Read on.

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