Friday, March 9, 2012
Currently the Hall of Famous Missourians (just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?) is considering a list of proposed inductees, one of whom is Rush Limbaugh, a native of Cape Girardeau in the southeast corner of the state. National media seems to think this is controversial here in our section of flyover country, but all it has been eliciting around these parts is a big yawn.
Possibly the lack of reaction may stem from people who share my (former) ignorance about the existence of such an august institution. I took a look at the website and found some of the usual suspects: Stan Musial, Walter Cronkite, Walt Disney, Mark Twain, Charlie Parker and Sacajawea. Sacajawea? Her connection to Missouri is that she lived around St. Louis for five years before returning to her home somewhere in the Dakota territory. With these kind of standards for inclusion, we'll soon start claiming presidents who drop by for a campaign visit.
Conspicuously absent from the rolls: T.S. Eliot, Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. Rush Limbaugh in the HFM before any of these? Say it ain't so, Joe.