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Opinion: ‘Snake’ is close enough during the Sturgis rally

Published 08/11/2010, Republic columnist

One nice thing about being a newspaper reporter covering the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was being able to quote people with names like “Snake” and “Miss Kitty.”
In the news business, we usually wanted first and last names, hometowns and sometimes age. During the years I worked in news, I sometimes had the feeling during rally week that even people who volunteered their names might be putting me on. How would I know if Jimmy Joe Sullivan was from Little Rock? Maybe he was really James Smith from Belle Fourche.

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