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What If?

(This is something I wrote and used in my Bicentennial speeches nationally in 1976.) But what if at the battle of Bunker Hill, William Prescott had said, “Don’t one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes…and I’ll be back tomorrow, fellows, to see how you’re doing. What if Patrick Henry had…

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Did you ever do anything really stupid?  Things that cost you dearly?  Maybe you lost a friend or a lover or a job or a career because of your stupidity. Maybe you got kicked out of school or were publicly humiliated. Maybe you went to jail. Now if you are expecting me to go on…

Memorial Day

So many years ago in the last 70’s just a few days before Memorial Day  I received a call from a director at WKZO TV in Kalamazoo.  He invited me to be a guest on his TV program and pay tribute to Veterans. At the end of the Viet Nam War it seemed that most…

How The Years Fly Bye

Jean and I will have been married over 90 years as you read this. (Not all of those years to each other.) I was married 39 years previously and she was 35 years. May 19th we will have been married 16 years together. We met online. I lived in Battle Creek, Michigan and she lived…

All I Want Is My Three Front Teeth

After nearly half a century of professional speeches I’ve had almost everything happen to me, but recently I had a new experience. I was speaking for seniors over at Solty’s Adult Day Care Center here in Hillsborough. I had a warning signal the night before but I crossed my fingers and kept my date with…

I Remember It Well

Recently I looked at the date on my computer and it read April 9th. Memories came gushing into my mind. On April 9th, 1951 I was inducted into the United States Army. My pay for what seemed like a twenty-four hour, seven days a week schedule was $52.50 a month. I believe it was an…

Squirrels

Squirrels climbed up under the hood of my Ford Escape and chewed up a mess of wires again. AAA sent out one of those long, long hydraulic flatbed rigs to move it to a repair shop. It looked like overkill to me.  Remember when they would use little rigs with chains or a friend could…

Hyperventilation

I don’t ever want to do those things I ought to do There’s always something new out there for me I swear it’s true There’s something bigger or better or lovelier that I see There’s always something more exciting out there just for me. I find joy in acting, just for this moment, yes You…

Criticism

Here’s how the Chicago Times in 1865 evaluated President Lincoln’s Gettsyburg Address in commenting on it the day after its delivery. “The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat and dish-watery utterances of a man who has to be pointed out to intelligent, foreigners as President of the…

Aren’tchaglad?

Aren’tchaglad you’re not working in Washington, D.C. right now? Aren’tcha? And aren’tchaglad you’re not a commentator on one of those TV news shows where they line up a mess of broadcasters or so called experts and they all talk at the same time? Aren’tchaglad? Huh? And aren’tchaglad life is so sweet that you never ever…