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Andy Popson

Des Moines Register

December 24, 2006

Lyrics to "Indispensable," with credits and thanks to Irving Gordon for "Unforgettable" and Andy Popson for the suggestion

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If Michael Gartner is so indispensable to the state university system that his resignation would throw it "back for another 20 years," as he says it would, perhaps we should do away with the Iowa Board of Regents altogether ("Gartner Cites 'Lynch-Mob Mentality'," Dec. 14).

Gartner could then simply appoint himself president of the University of Iowa, provost of Iowa State University, and dean of the University of Northern Iowa.

But why stop there? Let's go ahead and dismiss the faculties and staffs of the state schools that are apparently not as crucial to their operation as this one "brilliant" man. It is incredible that these institutions were ever able to function before Gartner's selection to the board. How will they ever survive after he's gone?

Andy Popson,
Des Moines


Indispensable, that's Michael G.
Indispensable, it's plain to see
How we got to where we were before
Without you is the mystery of yore
Never before has a Regent been more

Indispensable, in ev'ry way;
And forevermore, you're going to stay
That's why, Michael, it's incredible
That someone so indispensible
Would ever think we're reprehensible fools


Unforgettable... that's what you are;
Unforgettable, though near or far.
Like a song of love that clings to me,
How the thought of you does things to me.
Never before has someone been more

Unforgettable in ev'ry way;
And forevermore, that's how you'll stay.
That's why, Darling, it's incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable, too.