As you might expect, we talk about the news a lot around here. But the story of Charlotte the Deer, the subject of our colleague John Kass's recent columns, has gotten a fair bit of talker traction -- for us and, apparently, for you.
Last week, Kass wrote about a tame deer named Charlotte that the state of Wisconsin sought to euthanize against her caretaker's objections. Readers rallied and the deer was saved. The man who saved her also won't be prosecuted for flouting state wildlife regulations.
The series of columns is particularly popular among those of us with kids, or who wear our emotions on our sleeves, because it involves a baby deer, the holiday season, and a happy ending.
Who is the balladeer? The person was interviewed a while ago for John's column, and asked to remain anonymous:
Kass: "A reader who is skilled in music parodies did this one. He's done parodies for famed radio hosts like Jonathon Brandmeier. But he's shy and so he modestly asked that his name not be revealed to the adoring public, because, he said, it would ruin his reputation. 'I'm a psychiatrist and I live in Chicago,' said the guy. 'I just don't think my patients should know. I want to keep it separate.'"
Here is Charlotte the Cheesehead Orphan Deer:
Here is The Ballad of Kasso:
Sorry about the thematic run, Trib Nation, but when the music comes, you can't fight it.
-- James Janega
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