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Popping Back : Fans Fume, Others Cheer Bruce Blast

March 22, 1987

In the Popping Off column in the March 15 Calendar, Kristine McKenna aired her negative views on the Bruce Springsteen phenomenon. Here's a sample of the heavy reader response, which ran roughly 60% to 40% against McKenna's opinion.

You guys are pretty darn clever.

After reading McKenna's opinion of Springsteen I, like hundreds of other outraged Bruce fans, sat down to write a scathing rebuttal telling Kristine just exactly what we thought of her.

Then I got it. Of course--it was a joke! A respected newspaper like the Los Angeles Times would never hire someone so obviously incompetent, banal and uninformed as Kristine appeared to be. She was teasing us!

Good work, Kristine--I'll bet a few bozos out there actually took your writing seriously.

CYNTHIA CORTIS

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