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UNITED STATES: Can you sing "The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"?

One of the most esteemed WAISers is sports fan Miles Seeley, who lives in Topeka, the capital of Kansas, a town I have never visited. Always eager to know more about where WAISers live, I consulted an atlas and found not only Topeka but also the little town of Atchison on the Missouri, which is where the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad began. It was the title of a 1940 song, probably now as forgotten as "Yes, we have no bananas."

The other day I turned on the TV, and there was a documentary about Topeka! I thought it would tell us about the Menninger Clinic, with which Miles has long been associated. I might even see him! But no. After an account of a big water tower built on a hill sacred to the Indians, it was all about the tornadoes which have hit Topeka. A young man saved himself by diving into the crawl space under his house. Thank you, Miles; I prefer California earthquakes.

Ronald Hilton - 10/05/00