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BOTH THE MUSIC AND THE TRAFFIC JAMMED AT KKAT COUNTRY FESTIVAL

- SWEATING ROOM ONLY: What if KKAT Radio threw a party and everybody came?

Well, it happened Saturday.More than 65,000 people showed up for the KKAT Country Music Festival at the Equestrian Park in South Jordan.

I know journalists are too quick to use the Dickens line "It was the best of times, the worst of times," but sometimes the shoe fits so well. . . .

It was the best local country music event in years. The sound was great, the acts - from the Desert Rose Band and Shenandoah on down - were superb.

It was the worst traffic bottleneck of my life. From freeway to parking lot was a 90-minute wait.

It was the best-run show of the year. John Marks, Chris York and the others at KKAT manned all stations, controlled the crowd and had performers on and off stage in record time. Very professional.

It was the worst case of Dust Bowl blues I've felt since reading "The Grapes of Wrath." Hot day, parched ground, dry wind kicking the dirt. I felt like saying "Toto, I do think we're in Kansas after all."

Still, give KKAT credit for having the guts to take on something like this. Not many local media people would touch such an event. Woodstock wasn't wonderful, it was monumental. Ditto the KKAT event.

- TWO POINTS FOR A ROLE REVERSAL: It's a little unnerving when you realize your kids are smarter than you are.

The other day I asked Helena if a person who threw an ice cube out a car window should get a ticket for littering. She didn't miss a beat.

"No way," she said, "or they'd ticket the sky each time it snowed."

- ALL THAT GLITTERS: Next year will mark 500 years since Columbus came to America. When I think of stories about Europeans' early incursions into the New World, I think of the Indians who sold the island of Manhattan for a string of beads because the trinkets shone and sparkled in the sun.

Sounds pretty naive.

Then I think of the standard we use to measure our own worth and wealth today: gold, silver, diamonds - things that fascinate us because they shine and sparkle in the sun.

We've come a long way, baby; but maybe not as far as we'd like to think.

- EGO TRIP? Why is it no one thinks twice if a man names his son after himself, but if a woman named her daughter after herself people would see her as vain?

And if a woman did give a daughter her full name, would the daughter be "junior," or something else - like Wilma the Younger maybe?

- A QUOTE TO POST ON YOUR FRIDGE, OR BEDROOM MIRROR, OR ON YOUR OFFICE DOOR SO PEOPLE CAN'T LOOK IN THROUGH THE GLASS:

The terrible danger of our time consists in the fact that ours is a cut-flower civilization. Beautiful as cut flowers may be, and as much as we use our ingenuity to keep them looking fresh for awhile, they eventually die, and they die because they are severed from their sustaining roots.

- D. Elton Trueblood