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Live chat with Tim Rowland - transcript

June 14, 2005

The Herald-Mail will present a live chat with Tim Rowland starting at 1:00 pm today. Please join us and find out more about one of Hagerstown's funniest writers. Questions or comments can be submitted here before and during the chat.

The text of the live discussion will flow into the bottom of this page during its live hour. You can either click "Refresh" on your browser window or hit "F5" on your keyboard to see new responses. Make sure you scroll down to see the latest answers.




Welcome to the Herald-Mail's online chat with humor writer Tim Rowland. We hope you find this fascinating and amusing. And remember, he's already answered the questions about the duck and the trapeze.




Name: Larry Simons

Location: Hagerstown

Guest: TimRowland

Question: I want to ask Tim why he never responded to the article I wrote on May 14 about his article on Hagerstonians being racist. Was it because he couldnt refute it? Impossible? I kinda want to see how much longer Rowland wants to avoid this issue. It's kind of funny because the more he ignores me, the more I'm right.

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Tim: I never get the last word at home, so why should work be any different.




Name: Thomas Firey

Location: Washington, DC

Guest: TimRowland

Question: Michael Jackson: Innocent or Guilty?

Tim: He's guilty of being Michael Jackson, which is punishment enough for any man. I actually got sucked into watching the sentencing and was glad to see he was well represented. The first SUV was a cadillac. The second SUV was a GMC, and the third SUV was a Lincoln. I never did see what the fourth one was, but that's what interested me about the sentencing.




Name: Andrea

Location: hagerstown

Guest: TimRowland

Question: Hi Tim. I've seen your photo in the newspaper and I'm wondering how you landed such a young and attractive wife.

Tim: Because all the Russian wife websites were busy.




Question: You began your career in newspapers as a reporter. How did that turn into humor writing?

Tim: I never really turned to humor writing. Everything I wrote tended to be funny whether I wanted it to or not. Even stories about a burst gas main.




Name: Thomas Firey

Location: Washington, DC

Guest: TimRowland

Question: I've noticed a lack of references to J-Mun in your recent columns. What's up with that?

Tim: I've gotta be nice to him, because the election is coming up in another year, and I don't want to do anything to jeopardize his reelection chances. I'm going to be chairing his campaign because face it: I need John Munson.




Bob: Which contemporary writers make you laugh, or are there any?

Tim: John Stewart, George Carlin, and Cal Thomas.




Bob: You've quoted Mark Twain with obvious appreciation in some of your columns. What is it about the author of "Huckleberry Finn" that you enjoy?

Tim: His humor, of course, his rich dialogue, and his annoyance with the same type of little things that I find annoying today, like cats and editors.




Bob: When you refer to your wife in your column as "The charge card in high heels" or other similar-type description, does she take it in good humor, or do you spend the night on the couch?

Tim: She's incredibly understanding, and because I was already a humor writer when we met, she knew what she was getting into. Her only complaint with the "high heels" references is that "I really don't wear high heels all that often." Which, of course, isn't accurate.




Bob: How about your daughter? Have you ever written anything about her that she's objected to or been offended by?

Tim: I don't think so, but because I don't speak teenager, I'm not entirely sure. I think she actually likes the attention. And when I was writing my book, she was the first one to read each chapter as I finished. So I think she secretly enjoys it.




Name: Thomas Firey

Location: Washington, DC

Guest: TimRowland

Question: If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what three local politicians would you take with you, and why?

Tim: Is Meg Ryan a local politician? Alesia Parson and Kelly Cromer because they're new to office, so I haven't written anything about them and consequently they do not yet wish to kill me, I don't think. As for the third, it would have to be Paul Muldowney because 3 years on a desert island might give us time to find something we agree on.




Name: Andrea

Location: hagerstown

Guest: TimRowland

Question: Would you venture a prediction or two about the future of Hagerstown under the new mayor and council?

Tim: Do the Titanic and the Edmund Fitzgerald mean anything to you? I think there will be a fairly severe learning curve. Dick Trump tends to make pathologically poor first impressions, but I believe after the council gets to know him, things will smooth out considerably (although I hope they don't).




Name: angie

Location: hagertucky

Guest: TimRowland

Question: Tim- do you actually get fan mail? if so, what type of comments do your readers have to say about you?

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