Forgetting How Old We Are
CARL KASELL RETIRING FROM ‘WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME!’ KASELL TO BE SCOREKEEPER EMERITUS OF NEWS-QUIZ SHOW
Carl has been gone from “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” for over a month. But we were in Mexico and missed the news and his final show.
When I turned the radio dial to 91.5 Saturday morning upon our return, I was surprised to hear the voice of Bill Curtis. I would know that voice anywhere. Curtis has been a media staple in Chicago for decades.
But I was confused. Where was Carl? Ill? On vacation? He couldn’t be off the show for good. His voice on a winning contestant’s phone message remained the grand (and only) prize.
For several weeks, I listened to “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” No Carl.
Just this morning, my husband, his family from Ann Arbor, and I were hanging in the kitchen. My husband spun one of his exaggerated tales.
“You know,” I said. “That reminds me of the stories on . . . the NPR show. What’s the name?”
“‘Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!'”
“Right. It’s the time in the program when each panelist reads a supposed news snippet about a most improbable event. It’s the contestant’s job to somehow guess which one is true.”
I turned to my husband’s cousin and his wife. “So, your challenge is to decide whether what this esposo of mine says is true or not.”
“Whatever happened to Carl Kasell?” I said.
“He retired,” my husband said. “I think he’s ill. He’s 75. What do you expect?”
“Well, my dear,” I said. “You turn 72 this year!”