October 1968

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Dear Brother: This may surprise you, but after much thought and consultation with the local chapter of the Lutheran Mafia I have decided to run for the presidency of Synod. (The brother in the rear who is laughing will please leave the room.) You can readily understand that with so many brethren running sub rosa and in various disguises, there ought to be one honest candidate who announces that he is in the race. Theophilus had his doubts about the decision but consented to become my campaign manager when I promised him a synodical trip around the world to organize Ladies Aid Societies in Tahiti. Sauerbraten came around when I hinted that we knew that his last trip to Chicago was not entirely on business. He will be a loyal supporter as long as Mrs. Sauerbraten retains her hearing."