O'Rourke lauds Midwesterners

By JACK PALMER Staff Writer Published:

The Midwest may be flat and boring, but P.J. ORourke asserts its an integral part of Americas past, present and future. The Midwest keeps the East Coast and West Coast apart, and thats good, ORourke told his northwest Ohio audience Thursday at Schomburg Auditorium. We dont want the hippies and the stockbrokers getting friendly. People from both coasts often ask me why the Midwest is so flat, he added. I just tell them, its so we can see you coming. ORourke, himself a northwest Ohio native, knows this area and its hard-working citizens well. Some people on the East Coast would say Defiance, Ohio, is in the middle of nowhere, he remarked. But Im from Toledo, so I know better.