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Title: Dear John
Type: production note
Date: February 17th, 2006

Kris, aka MKM, was my girlfriend for about two years, from the summer of '90 to the summer of '92. That's when she headed off to grad school in Tucson. She was going to establish herself there, and I was going to follow along in January.

It didn't work out that way.

In early June, shortly after the premiere of ROX #1, we had a talk. She was planning to write me a “Dear John” letter once she got out to the Southwest. She felt we were incompatible. I was stunned.

We were still on amicable terms, though, and I think that's evident in our farewell tribute, ROX #6. At the time of the taping, we didn't know what the future held for us. I edited this show on the same day she left.

In the end, we decided to stay apart. We communicate infrequently, and count each other as friends, but I think we both agree that the separation was for the best.

Indeed, it occurs to me that if I had moved to Tucson, this television series would have aborted midway through the first season. J&B would never have gone on to fame and fortune, and I would almost certainly not be writing this now.

Astute viewers will note that J says ROX #6 is a farewell “in two ways,” but he never explains: He was getting ready to move out of 711 East Cottage Grove, and we thought this would be the last show shot there. But we were wrong.

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