so yesterday I got into my car around 1:00 pm and was listening to the npr affiliate from norfolk. it was an interview, featuring an old dude talking about his glory days at william and mary and kept saying things like “in my day, the classroom was more personal” and “in my day, we had mentors” and “in my day, we only ate bean sprouts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.” I had no idea what I was listening to. suddenly, the interviewer referred to this crotchety voice from the past as “mr. president.”
this wasn’t either bush…or clinton…or even jimmy carter. so who the hell was it?
well, my friends, it was thomas jefferson. yes, thomas jefferson, taking calls from people around the country and addressing the problems of today from the past.
here’s the website for the THOMAS JEFFERSON HOUR, obviously maintained by someone not thomas jefferson. I don’t mean to belittle tom’s technical abilities–he did invent the lazy susan, after all–but I just don’t think he has the technological know-how to maintain a site like this. as you can see from some of the photos on the jefferson hour website, he clearly broadcasts from a barn filled with hay or lovely, idyllic field. just saying–I don’t see a computer. maybe he sends his website ideas by time-traveling carrier pigeon who drops it on the doorstep of a strange web developer.
still, I wonder what tom would come from the past to say to me. hopefully something like “why did I have to get the two dollar bill?”