Bring the Opry back to the Ryman

Thursday, February 22, 2001 at 1:00am

During the summers of 1990 and 1991, I worked as a tour guide for Grand Ole Opry Tours.

I would stand at the front of a 45-seat bus squawking into a cheap

microphone and pointing out the various sights of our fair burg.

It was a three-hour tour (you are welcome to insert a Gilligan's Island joke here; just keep it to yourself) and the first hour consisted of introducing myself, exchanging mindless banter with everyone ("You're from Palermo, North Dakota? Isn't that interesting?!"), and telling a little about the history of our first stop, the Ryman Auditorium.

The patter was the usual: originally built for religious purposes by Tom

Ryman in 1892, Mother Church of Country Music, became known as the Opry

House

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