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In 2010 I decided to stop performing.  I had a show upcoming in July of that year, in one of my favorite venues, the Amphitheatre at Chautauqua Institution, and thought it would be a fine place to end 60 years of nearly non-stop performing and traveling.    

It turned out to be a perfect night.  My children and grandchildren who are scattered across the United States were in attendance, some of the grandchildren seeing me for the first time.   They may still not understand what I did, but at least they saw me do it.  A number of close friends, who were in the know that this would be my final show, also made the trek north from Washington, DC to Chautauqua, NY to join in this final evening.   

And until now, only those friends and my family knew that I had decided to retire from performing.     

I am still writing, and you will now see the website again updated on a regular basis with jokes.  I am very 19th Century with technology, (I thought Dot Com was my maiden aunt) but I‚Äôm told it won‚Äôt be terribly difficult for me to record and get new songs posted and at the very least you‚Äôll see the lyrics.  I won‚Äôt be twitting ‚Äì whoops, that‚Äôs twittering, but I won‚Äôt be doing that either.

I will however, try to keep up with email; so feel free to write in with questions or just comments.

And finally, a huge thank you, to each and every one of you -- for being such a wonderful audience for so many years ‚Äì both on PBS and in person.  

Sincerely,

Mark Russell