|Dan Fiorella: Writer @ large||
From 1999 to 2004-ish, I was one of the contributing writers for Garrison Keillor's renowned radio show "A Prairie Home Companion." I learned a lot of things there, mostly how to spell 'prairie." It was a solid gig and I'm proud of my work there. But, like any other job, there were...things...
People have forgotten (or ignore) what a object of ridicule Donald Trump was before he ever ran for office. SNL was mocking him back in the Phil Hartman days. By the 2000s, he was on "The Apprentice" and a regular target for Darrell Hammond. And we were piling on, too. I wrote up this piece about Trump after he announced some golf course was opening. I wrote the radio sketch and after PHC passed on it, I adapted it for Cracked magazine. The timing is close, the sketch is from February 2004 and it was in Cracked #364, which is dated September 2004, but usually comes out a month or two earlier. Cracked didn't have a long lead time, so if I re-wrote quickly enough, Cracked could have grabbed it quickly. They were kind of desperate for material during this era. It maybe have been too pop-culture-y for GK. Or Trump simply wasn't on Keillor's radar yet. I don't remember if they had done any Trump-related material back then. Nonetheless, here's the version I submitted to PHC:
Freelance writer, still hacking away.