Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 10-7-13
October 21, 2013
Gentle readers, there are among us some folks that have the disability of not being able to speak without repeating themselves and that is not really what my point is in this column. That being said, stuttering is not life threatning, it's mostly just an inconvenience from my observations.
Several years ago at an ag confrence where I was the guest speaker I told a story about a cowboy that stuttered and as it turned out, it was a big hit. Everyone, well almost everyone, enjoyed it. Little did I know that there was a feller in the audience that was a bad stutterer and also was very sensitive about his condition. Had I been aware of this I would not have told that particular story.
The next day, heck it might have been that same night, I received a phone call from a lady that was present at the confrence and let me tell ya sister, I got an earfull. She berated me up one side and down the other for telling that story. Man, Charlie Brown, there was nothing I could say that would make her back off.
A good many years ago there was a polictical commentator, whom I cannot for the life of me remember his name, I think it may have been Kennedy. He died a few years back but when he was popular he made stuttering an art form. He would repeat certain words in such a cadence that made every political intellectual, real or imagened, want to immulate his style of speaking. For example: If this feller was asking, "Do you think the President is doing a capable job?" His answer would most likely go something like this, "The President, is uh, is uh, doing what … what … what he is only capable of doing. I … I … I think that if his … his … his … uh staff was of a more formable structure, he … he … would be … be better equipped."
Now it's my humble opinion that all of that stuttering was totally unnecessary but for some reason it made him appear to be smarter than most of us. Just listen to some so called expert on any subject that requires a good deal of study, reply to something concerning that particular subject and you will be surprised at how many folks have taken to this "art of stuttering" when trying to answer what might be a very simple question. I … I … I … know that I would never … uh … venture off … off … into such a lame way of getting my … my … point across. Why would you … ug … why … would you want to go … uh … go all the way around the barn twice before … before you uh … actually went in?
Stay tuned my friends, check yer cinch on occasion, stand tall for what ya believe in and I'll c. y'all all y'all.
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