Guitarist Peter Lothringer and Saxophonist Ross Anderson have been playing jazz together for more than 10 years and their love for the music and their ease in playing comes through in this first story of the Postcards episode. Lothringer composed the music for Pioneer Public TV's popular documentary Country Spires and teaches music theory, composition, and guitar at Southwest Minnesota State University. Anderson was born in Chicago and moved to Marshall in 1998 where he has been playing jazz ever since. In 2013, Anderson released a CD: Jazztime which features jazz standards interpreted through his saxophone work and Lothinger's guitar. "Nothing compares to live music played by real musicians," according to Anderson.
A story about wood carver Don Fischer of Cottonwood, Minnesota is up next on the Postcards program. Don has been carving for nearly 20 years and has been teaching for more than 6 years. His favorite carvings are caricatures. Don says, "Wood carving should be fun as well as challenging. My goal is to help students create a carving they can be proud of when they are done."
Finally, Postcards captures the story of WWII Veteran Earl Orr of Benson, Minnesota. Most know Orr as a high school biology teacher at Benson High School for 30 years, but before that he served as a Storekeeper Second Class in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. Orr served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of WWII on supply ships. His job was to get food, clothing, and distribute payroll for the enlisted men. "They knew a supply ship was what all their friends needed so they took good care of us and made sure we didn't get bombed, "said Orr about his fellow fighters. Orr was interviewed during a special visit of surviving WWII vets to the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum in Granite Falls, MN.