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Doug Wilhelm is a full-time writer and an independent publisher in Weybridge, Vemont. His newest book is the novel STREET OF STORYTELLERS (Rootstock, 2019). His 15 previous novels for young adults include THE REVEALERS (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003), which has been the focus of reading-and-discussion projects in well over 1,000 middle schools.

Thanks for the random announcements!

Thanks so much to everyone who responded to my plea for random PA announcements from your school lives. The many postings below are often bizarre and hilarious — just as I'd hoped. One of my very favorites is the announcement that says, "Please pardon the interruption" — and that's all it says.

To me, these oddball blurts — you can read them all below — give a good sense of the comical quirkiness of our institutions, the places where we work together and spend so much of our lives. The TV show The Office does something similar for the corporate workplace. And as I read people's submissions from schools, I kept thinking about the movie MASH, in which bizarre announcements keep coming so memorably over the Army camp's loudspeaker.

I already had a couple of strangely realistic PA blurts in True Shoes ... Now, thanks to you, I will have two or three more.

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