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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb

    Tuesday, July 27, 2004

    Excellent, Smithers. 

    It wouldn't be a convention without free-range celebrity sightings -- that is, spotting VIPs outside of their usual habitats.

    Actor Ben Affleck has been much-spotted by Minnesotans this week. Patty Wetterling said she was excited to meet Garrison Keillor. Others spotted rock star Bono, diva Patti LaBelle and filmmaker Michael Moore.

    But a special tip of the blog hat goes to WCCO-TV's Pat Kessler, who pulled me aside Tuesday to point out I was standing directly behind a celebrity.

    Really? Who?

    Harry Shearer.

    Turns out, Shearer voices characters for The Simpsons including Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner and Rev. Lovejoy. Better still -- at least for purposes of this blog -- was learning that he was costar of "This Is Spinal Tap."

    This marks our second Spinal Tap reference this convention. If the Democrats can schedule several versions of "Blowin' in the Wind," can't they find time for "Stonehenge?"?

    Tom Webb

    Tom Webb is the Washington correspondent for the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. He can be reached at

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