Even trailer trash need libraries

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by Diana Nelson Jones/Oct 27

Everyone has his reasons for wanting to keep his neighborhood library. Harold Keller of Beechview recently discovered the benefit of being "a hop skip and a jump" from the branch on Broadway Avenue.

For the past year and a half, Harold has performed a one-hour comedy monologue on PCTV as Traci the Trailer Trash Girl. It airs on Friday at midnight. He dresses in a wig, a black tunic and too much make-up playing Traci and has developed a cult following.

The satire is "not about literacy it's about ignorance," he said. "I make fun of everything and everyone. When I realized I had fans, I went to the library to set up an e-mail account so I could hear from them." (The e-mail will be shown on the screen during his show starting in November.) "People have pasted me on YouTube," including a group of teen-agers who have videotaped themselves watching the show and commenting on it.

Without the Beechview branch -- one of five the library board proposes closing -- he won't have easy access to his fan base.

A former housekeeper at Kane Regional Hospital and a former worker in a state store, Harold is living on Social Security and finding his niche on TV, the Internet and at the library.

You can email Harold at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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