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Leigh Montville

After 24 years away, back for more fun and games

There is no subtle way to return through the front door after being gone for 24 years. The cornball approaches come first to mind — “As I was saying . . . ” or maybe “What’s new?” — but they sound silly and flat. Probably the best approach is simply to turn the knob and take a few steps forward.

“Hello . . .

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