The Babbler also experienced growing pains. With the founding of the Bolingbrook park district, The Babbler was no longer Bolingbrook’s number one tourist attraction. Other weekly publications tried to compete with The Babbler with their “hard news.” That meant that The Babbler’s reporters had to fight even harder to get to truth to Bolingbrook.
In 1973, newly elected Village President Thomas Groseth tried to ignore The Babbler. Even going as far as to write a column for The Bolingbrook Beacon and claiming it was the Bolingbrook’s first newspaper. (Someday we’ll tell the real story about The Beacon.)Though the persistence of one reporter, we finally got our interview.
Village President Groseth: Nixon supports me!
It took several phone calls, two visits from the Bolingbrook Police department, and two trips with The Men in Blue, but this reporter finally got an interview with Village President Thomas Groseth!
Groseth: Do you know what time it is?
Reporter: It’s time for your interview with The Babbler!
Groseth: You just won’t give up, won’t you.
Reporter: Absolutely not! Mr. Olson won’t pay me until I get a story. You how inflation is, man.
Groseth: (sighs) OK. Let’s get this over with.
Reporter: What is your favorite thing about being the village president?
Groseth: That’s the first question? OK, um, I really like getting letters from a young man who wants to move to Bolingbrook once he gets his PhD. So every time I hear someone complain at a board meeting, I just think about this young man, and smile. Because someone out there is inspired by our village.
Reporter: You mean you’re more proud of getting fan letters than you are of being the administrator of the world’s largest urban UFO base?
Groseth: (sighs) Do we have to play this game? OK. This should make you happy. I neither confirm nor deny the existence of a UFO base next to Clow Airport.
Reporter: Then you are confirming that the base is under Clow?
Groseth: (muffled scream): If there were a base under Clow, and I’m not saying there is, then I would be very proud to be its administrator.
Reporter: Ah. Now if you were its administrator, and you’re not saying that you are, what are some of the challenges you face?
Groseth: (Yawns) Other than stoping the staff from making Uranus jokes? Hmm. I would say that covering up Clow’s finances from the general public.
Groseth: Sure! Clow must make billions of dollars from all the extraterrestrial trade it does. Even with computers and pocket calculators, it must be quiet a challenge to add up all those dollars. I’m sure the money is hidden in certain line items. I would have to make sure that none of the secret accountants did something wrong, like, misallocate a small percentage of the funds into a covert bank account, or hide a certain percentage in a seemingly innocent budget line. Plus I’d have to make sure that no one creates any phantom employees to misallocate the funds. Hmm.
Reporter: That sounds like a demanding job.
Groseth: It is, if I had that job. I’m sure that if I had that job, President Nixon would fully support me. Heck, I’m sure that once Congress finishes its investigation, Nixon and I will still be in our positions. And I think that’s all for tonight.
Reporter: But I have questions about the aliens fascists in our schools, and weredogs on the--
Groseth: Tell John (Olson) that if one his reporters ever wakes me up again, I may or may not send the blue men after him.
Reporter: You mean the Men in Blue.
Groseth: Good night, Good morning, whatever time it is!
History says that Groseth resigned as village president on May, 7, 1974 after he was fired from his full time job. This was followed by President Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974. History also says that the two resignations were unrelated.
Sources at the time told The Babbler that both men were removed from power following an audit of Clow’s covert budget. Though Groseth was acquitted by the Illuminati’s high court in 1976, and Nixon was pardoned in 1974, both men would never again be involved with Clow UFO base.
Tomorrow: Patricia McDowell becomes Bolingbrook's first female village president, and Publisher John Olson decides to do something about it!
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