March 27, 2015 5:31 AM
Michigan’s Yoopers tuned In faithfully to Carl Pellonpaa’s show for a Finland fix
ISHPEMING, Mich.—On Sunday, Carl Pellonpaa is marking the end of an era in television history with two words: “siinä kaikki”—that’s it.
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March 27, 2015 5:33 AM
I've known Carl since 1958 when we worked together in radio, then TV. In that time he's never changed a bit, a genuinely nice man. For 53 years what you saw was what he is. He represents Finns and Yoopers perfectly. Well done, Carl.
Kiitos, Mr. Pellonpaa!
March 27, 2015 5:32 AM
I love stories like this. The coverage is nicely simple and not over-produced. I also love that the videos don't automatically start playing when you hit the page. Just wanted to throw that in.
The "baked meat pies referred to are pasties, which actually came from Cornwall in the UK. They were popular among the copper miners. The pies would be baked in the morning, wrapped in cloth and stored in an inside pocket to keep them warm. The miners could then enjoy a warm lunch.During my time at Northern Michigan University, I became quite fond of pasties with french fries and lots of brown gravy.I never recall seeing an episode of Suomi Kutsuu, but I can attest to Mr. Sewell's observation on the kindness and generosity of the Yoopers.
March 27, 2015 5:31 AM
Well done, Mr. Pellonpaa! You can be proud of your work. You brought a great deal of pleasure and happiness to an awful lot of people. That, I hope, give you the satisfaction that comes from a life well lived.
Carl is the complete English translation of the Finish word sisu! Suomi Kutsuu Carl.
It seems the people are super-nice up there. A year or so ago I talked to a man from the Detroit area who got assigned by his company to a remote town in the western U.P. He and his wife moved up there and bought a house. The locals asked the wife how she liked the house. She said it was fine, but it would be perfect if it was painted a different color. One of the locals asked her what color she wanted it painted.So, the newcomers went back to Detroit to get their furniture loaded and moved up there. When they returned to their new home in the U.P. the next week they found that the locals had turned out while they were gone and painted the house exactly like they wanted. You won't find people being that nice to newcomers in many places anymore.