The Back Room: How I became famous in Denmark

July 1991

 Every July 4th, in a park in the rocky wooded hills of western Denmark, a big crowd of Danes and Danish Americans gathers to celebrate Independence Day, a bigger celebration than any I’ve ever seen in America. In 1991, the year I went, 25,000 people came, plus the American ambassador, young Prince Joachim, and a U.S. Navy band, and me, an American who …

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