The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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May 9, 2013

Scranton bonds with NBC's 'The Office'

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Out-of-town journalists took note, writing dozens of favorable travel pieces after Scranton hosted a wildly successful convention for “Office” fans in 2007, at the height of the show’s popularity.

Mayor Chris Doherty said the Emmy-winning series is a point of pride.

“It never denigrated us; it was never mean,” he said. “It did make people feel good about their city. The writers were good to us, and the people of Scranton were true fans, and true supporters of the show.”

Brian Baumgartner, who plays dimwitted Kevin, said “The Office” and Scranton are forever linked.

“Our show has been influenced tremendously by Scranton, and it’s reciprocal. We love the town,” he said. “The town has been so supportive of the show that I think it’s great for the town to get other people to come in to experience it.”

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