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Ryan Johnson, Published August 19 2013

Glass adds handprints to F-M Walk of Fame

FARGO – Before Ira Glass could instill his radio wisdom to a crowd at the Fargo Theatre on Saturday night, he left an impression in town – his handprints.

Glass, the creator and host of weekly public radio show “This American Life,” donned purple gloves when he put his hands into a fresh slab of concrete Saturday evening during a pre-show meet and greet at Fargo’s Studio 222.

When it came time to add his name to the slab, Glass also added a message of humility – “Really? Me? OK.” – and had attendees leave their thumbprints around the edge.

Once cured, the slab will be added to the Celebrity Walk of Fame that lines the front loop of the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center at 2001 44th St. S., Fargo.

Charley Johnson, president and CEO of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, said he believes Glass’ slab is the 122nd for the tourist attraction that started in 1989 in downtown Fargo and moved to the CVB in 2000.

He said it will be installed on the walk in the near future, along with other new slabs for the attraction.

In the past year, the CVB has collected the handprints of several visiting celebrities, including musicians Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Avett Brothers and Daniel O’Donnell, comedians Lisa Lampanelli and Tracy Morgan, and radio personality Michael Feldman.

Johnson said the CVB has been able to boost how many stars it gets to participate in the Celebrity Walk of Fame through the assistance of Fargo-based promoter Jade Presents, and said officials have their eyes on the next visiting celebrity who will perform at the Fargodome Sept. 6.

“We’ve got a request into Taylor Swift,” he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan Johnson at (701) 241-5587