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All For Sweden

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James Morgan of Chicago, during last year's All For Sweden.

One of the most popular television shows in Sweden is once again looking for Americans of Swedish descent. The deadline is this week to apply for season 6 of "All for Sweden" (Allt for Sverige) - a competition in which the Americans learn about their ancestors and meet current relatives still living in the old country.

James Morgan of Chicago was a contestant last year - his great grandfather immigrated to the US in the 1890's, and settled with other Swedes in the city's Andersonville neighborhood where James still lives today. In fact, he lives in his great grandfathers' house.

But he was the first contestant eliminated when he couldn't turn on an I-pad to memorize a list of Swedish songs entered in the Euro Vision World Music Festival - he admits to being "an old soul who's not good with technology."
Despite that, Morgan loved his ten days in Sweden last summer, learning about his family and their homeland.

I met a cousin who, four generations later, looks just like me.

And recently he received an email from one of those distant cousins in Sweden - with 19 pages of names and addresses and birthdays. 

More information is on the program's website, great swedish adventure dot com.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.