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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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This weekend’s column: The show must go on ...

In Utah, too, the show must go on — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

In my senior year of high school, the drama, music and art students worked long and hard to put on a pretty darn good production of "South Pacific." I had absolutely nothing to do with it. As with most true works of art, controversy ensued. ... That was almost (cough) years ago, and the maddeningly unfounded concerns that art might offend the tender sensibilities of high school students or, much more accurately, their parents, live on. ...

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‘All Shook Up’ too racy for district; Herriman High show canceled — Salt Lake Tribune, Jan. 2 Community member calls play featuring Elvis Presley songs offensive; kids had been working on previously approved show since September.

Decision reversed: Herriman High will put on ‘All Shook Up’ — Salt Lake Tribune, Jan. 3 Education» So-called "questionable song" can be edited to meet "community standards," district learns.

Message to bluenoses – Art is supposed to shake us up — Peg McEntee | The Salt Lake Tribune

The show will go on, but so does the paranoia — Paul Rolly | The Salt Lake Tribune

This was big news all over. And I do mean all over. Note to Utah’s ruling Republicans: This is bad press. Bad for business. Note that many sites won’t catch up to the fact that the play is back on or, if they do, stress that it is being cut.

Utah High School Cancels Play With Elvis Presley Lyrics As Suggestive Before Reversing Desicion — International Business Times

Back to the 50s: US parent forces school to tone down production of All Shook Up because it’s too ‘suggestive’ — The Mail Online (London, U.K.)

School cancels play over Elvis’’All Shook Up’ ‘sexually suggestive’ song — Newstrack India

Utah school district ‘All Shook Up’ over use of Elvis Presley song in high school play — New York Daily News

Why Elvis Presley play ‘All Shook Up’ was too racy for Utah — The Alaska Dispatch

Parent all shook up over Elvis show — Concord (N.H.) Monitor

Utah school OKs musical if ‘risque’ Elvis song is cut — USA Today

High School Production of ALL SHOOK UP Cancelled Due to ‘Offensive’ Content — Broadway World

High school musical with Elvis songs cancelled for being sexually suggestive — Toronto (Canada) Star

Elvis play generates controversy at Utah high school — Chicago Tribune



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