The call caught me a bit off guard.
“I enjoyed your column in this morning’s paper concerning the time issue,” the voice said.
It was a little like I’d stepped into a time warp.
“Did you mean Sunday’s paper?” I asked, checking my calendar to make sure it really was Wednesday.
“No, I meant this morning’s,” the voice said. “Your column was in this morning’s newspaper.”
My caller went on to say that he agreed with me completely that this whole thing about changing the clocks twice a year was simply ridiculous.
“We ought to go back to the way it was,” he said. “What can we do to make that happen?”
I suggested that he send a letter to his state senator and representative and maybe even a letter to the editor.
“And who would my senator and representative be?” he asked.
“Well, I’m not sure,” I said. “It depends on where you live.”
“I live here in South Bend,” he said.
“South Bend,” I said. “You read my column in South Bend?”
“Yes,” the man said. “It was in this morning’s South Bend Tribune.”
“Ah,” I said. “Now I’m beginning to understand.”
My column, it turned out, had been on a daily list of commentary and news stories distributed to newspapers across the state by the Hoosier State Press Association. The South Bend Tribune had published the column in its Wednesday edition.
And it struck a nerve.
That call was the first of many, along with numerous emails, one of which appears in today’s Word on the Street column on the opposite page.
“I’m getting a lot more comment out of South Bend than I got out of my own community,” I told one caller. “I’ve been talking to people about the column all morning.”