sweet redemption. Nestled in a technology park minutes outside
of Minneapolis, television's most brilliant "screen
saver" awaits. Mystery
Science Theater 3000 aired Saturday nights on
the Sci-Fi channel, and it was Minnesota's saving grace.
news of my Duluth exile took hold, I moved swiftly through
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's "five stages of grief."
Shock. Denial. Mourning. Reserving a U-Haul. But true acceptance
came when I realized that the MST3K Info Club, which I'd
recently joined, had a Minnesota address! My friend Dan,
who had mercilessly trounced Minnesota as a state of ill
repute, suddenly turned an unbecoming avocado hue. It was
the color of sheer envy--for I had an appointment for a
studio tour. And he, stuck in Michigan, did not.
exile was all made worthwhile when I later interviewed Mary
Jo Pehl, who played MST3K's "head villainess in charge,"
Mrs. Pearl Forrester. (She's a fabulous and funny sister,
who's rather insightful, too!) My Minnesota experience ended
with a second studio tour. This time I was accompanied by
a humbled Dan, whose complexion finally restored its original
tea-rose blush. We posed for Polaroids with puppet castmembers
Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot. We climbed aboard the "Satellite
of Love" (the show's official spacecraft). And Mary
Jo Pehl herself kindly served me a wine glass brimming with
the studio's finest tap water, soothing my ill-timed coughing