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LAT Letters-to-the-Editor Champ Recalls His Most Succinct Moment of Glory

Responding to a recent LA Times article about an Eagle Rock resident who has placed a dozen and a half letters in the paper since 1990, a neighbor to the north revisited an even more impressive total.

Per Reader’s Rep Deidre Edgar, Trent Sanders of La Cañada Flintrige has since 1985 scored a whopping 54 published LAT letters to the editor. Along the way, he has kept things interesting by means of some additional personal challenges:

“At one time I set a goal of writing a letter published in The Times containing only one sentence,” Sanders said. “I met that goal on December 13, 2006, under the heading of ‘Bills Come Due.’ Shortly afterward, and much to my horror, another writer wrote a letter with not only one sentence, but it contained only three words!”

That led to a new personal challenge, Sanders said — “a letter with only one word.”

Sanders achieved that goal just over a year later when he responded in the January 6, 2008 editions to an editorial about cliches with the correspondence, “Whatever.” Fabulous, as is the rest of Edgar’s item. Meanwhile, anyone interested in giving Sanders a run for his money can start here.

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