A year ago, Bosma got a call from somebody who said he was with NBC and wanted Bosma to consult with the Parks and Recreational writers to give them guidance on how state and local government works in Indiana.
“I thought it was some of my pals at the Statehouse playing a joke,” Bosma said. It wasn’t. Bosma was indeed hired by NBC to offer advice for a story line involving the show’s star, Amy Poehler, who plays Leslie Knope, a Pawnee Parks Department staff member who runs for the Pawnee City Council.
“I asked for a cameo role, but they turned me down,” Bosma said. He did, though, get a chance to meet Lowe, who plays a character who was once a state auditor and now is the Pawnee city manager.
Lowe’s father grew up in Anderson and his grandparents lived in Madison County.
Lowe, who earned his star power playing a White House staff member on the TV series “The West Wing,” said he signed on for “Parks and Recreation” in part because of it’s Indiana connection. The show offers a satirical look at government bureaucracy through the eyes of some earnest Hoosier civil servants.
“My family is all from Indiana,” said Lowe, adding — with the gee-golly enthusiasm of his character Chris Traeger — that he recently discovered that his great-great-grandfather served as a Indiana volunteer in the Civil War.
“I have such affection for this state and for the way we portray its people on the show,” Lowe said. “It was one of the reasons why I so attracted to the show. As a Midwesterner, I know how Hollywood really gets our part of the country wrong. I think this show really gets it right in a lot of ways. Obviously we do it with a lot of spoof and satire, but Pawnee, Indiana, comes across as an authentic place and a place of love.”