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In 1984, while living in Great Falls, Montana with my wife, Karen, and our sweet one-year-old, Kristin (actual house and child pictured), I wrote a letter to the local paper. Much to my surprise, it was published.
The piece confronted, probably with a defensive and immature tone, how Montanans viewed the Miller’s home state of New York.
I was attempting to counter the myth held by westerners that New York is a “concrete jungle.” In reality, New York is millions of acres of rolling hills, mountains, streams, lakes, forests, farms, and dairy cows.
For Upstate New Yorkers like Karen and me, “The Big Apple” does not define our home state.
Once published, though, I wondered if my letter might make some Great Falls’ locals none-too-pleased with me.
The next morning, I found out—or so I assumed. Overnight, someone had placed on our porch a homemade wire cage containing one …Continue Reading