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Animal protein

I'm in the middle of working on Thursday's column. It includes a couple of mentions of eating squirrels.

You can't wait to read about that, I'm sure.

For some reason that reminded me of a reporter I knew decades ago. Her name was Anita Houk.

She told a story on herself about something that happened while she was covering a summer folklife festival for the Associated Press. I think she was an intern at the time. 

At this event, people were cooking and serving roast beaver. Maybe it was fried. In any event, the dam builders were on the menu.

So Anita wrote about that. And about how people seemed to enjoy this particular dining option.

As she told it, her repeated though unintentionally entertaining use of certain phrasings made her an AP legend.




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