We all get 26 letters to work with. The trick is arranging them correctly.

Blah, blah, blah

December 7, 2013

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Speechwriters who think that it’s only their words that matter and that style and presentation have little to do with delivering a message need to look at the acceptance speech that Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson gave at the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame. Repeating the same word over and over for two and a […]

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Unlikely Heroine

December 3, 2013

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Houston-based speechwriter Hal Gordon reminds us that, in the aftermath of President Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago, it was an unlikely speechwriter, Liz Carpenter, who wrote the 58 words that Lyndon Johnson spoke to calm a nation. Here’s what Carpenter, an LBJ aide and occasional speechwriter, wrote on a blank post card as Air Force […]

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I’m Thankful

November 27, 2013

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I’m thankful when the plane lands safely and on time – especially when our daughter is on board. I’m thankful for great southern cooks like my wife, who does turkey, dressing (don’t call it stuffing), squash casserole, ambrosia and pumpkin pie with the best of them. I’m thankful for all of my clients, especially those […]

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Son of Santini

November 18, 2013

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Author Pat Conroy began his remarks Sunday night by calling his beloved mother, Peggy Conroy, a bald-faced “liar.” Conroy told a crowd of about 2,000, who crowded into the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta for the MJCCA’s annual book festival, that his mother lied to him about being a belle from a prominent Atlanta […]

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Pencil Pusher

October 21, 2013

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John Steinbeck, the most read American writer of the 20th century, has been described as a romantic, a realist and a rebel. He was also a pencil pusher of the highest order. “The pure luxury of long beautiful pencils charges me with energy and invention,” Steinbeck once said. As he explained to editor Pascal Covici […]

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National Punctuation Day

October 9, 2013

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Did you miss National Punctuation Day on September 24? OK, it’s not in the same category as big holidays like Talk Like a Pirate Day and Go Fly a Kite Day, but National Punctuation Day is important. At least to wordies like me. And it should be important to anyone who thinks the word its […]

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Mortal after all

May 19, 2013

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There was obviously one person missing from Cobern Kelley’s 100th birthday celebration on Friday, and that was Cobern Kelley. Maybe after 45 years, Y Boys, their parents and everyone else who worshipped him should accept his death. The problem is, we were all convinced he was immortal. Kelley died on April 11, 1968, in the […]

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