File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 27


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 14:52:03 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] The letter is finished but here are


Well done, Hobey!
Wayne Krefting

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From: "Preston Foerder" <preston-AT-pfpuppetry.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 10:30 AM
To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] The letter is finished but here are twocorrections(kukla&webstites)

> Minor quibble.  Since it is now addressed to " our President, and all
> Americans", it should be " Perhaps Mr. President you met our brothers and
> sisters as
> a child in Indonesia."
>
> Preston
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org [mailto:puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org]
> On Behalf Of Hobey Ford
> Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 10:28 AM
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Subject: [Puptcrit] The letter is finished but here are two corrections
> (kukla &webstites)
>
> An open letter to our President, and all Americans
>
>
> Our business sector probably hasn't come to your attention in the
> recent economic downturn, but we are a vital part of life in America.
> We bring wonder and magic, teach children to read, teach adults to
> think and play to the child in all of us.
>
>
> We are American puppeteers.
>
>
> Sasha and Malia know us.  Perhaps you met our brothers and sisters as
> a child in Indonesia. While Americans pinch their pennies and AIG
> executives take their bonuses, we are the affordable entertainment in
> the American community.
>
>
> We are the free programs at your public library. We are teaching
> through the arts where other means fail. We teach tolerance through
> the story of Harriet Tubman or the folktales of the Native American.
>
>
> Puppetry spans the ages, teaching the 21st century skill of creative
> thinking with one of the oldest traditions on earth.
>
>
> Our ancestors rode the Silk Road with Marco Polo, entertained the
> royalty of the old world and allowed the oppressed to laugh at their
> oppressors. We lived in concentration camps and made our puppets from
> rags. We speak truth to power in the streets on Mayday and demonstrate
> the horror of war.
>
>
> We live on Sesame Street and Broadway and in children's cancer wards.
> We are the animating soul of Howdy Doody, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, E.T.
> and Kermit the Frog. We are the balloon characters at the Macy's
> Thanksgiving Day Parade. We are the stars of the Olympic opening
> ceremonies.
>
> So when someone asks you why you're funding the arts, point to us.
> This is our job.
>
>
> We are American puppeteers.
>
>
> Visit the broad world of American puppetry this summer at our National
> Puppetry Festival in Atlanta. from July 14-19 2009.  Let us help you
> teach America to re-imagine itself.
>
>
> Yours Truly,
> The Family of American Puppeteers
>
>
> PS We have a national organization called Puppeteers of America.  And
> we have our own united nations of puppetry called UNIMA (Union
> Internationale de la Marionette) To learn more about us please visit
> these websites
>
> www.sagecraft.com/puppetry/
> www.unima-usa.org
> www.puppet.org
> www.puppeteers.org/festivals.html
> www.puppetrymuseum.org
> www.bimp.uconn.edu
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