Who Is This Guy?
As a soon-to-be regular contributor to The Daily Pamphlet, I thought readers might want to know a little about me to help determine how much time they want to invest in reading my commentary, opinions, rants, and, occasionally, drivel. “Who is this guy?” is a fair question. Do I meet the qualifications of a seasoned reporter, political and social commentator, and trustworthy purveyor of the truth, or am I just another of the countless, opinionated wannabes who have invaded the blogosphere in recent years? I suspect opinions on that will vary as widely as those of Republicans as they decide between Gingrich, Romney, et al.
If I have a single qualification that sets me apart from other commentators, it is that I have a wide range of experience and a pretty sound understanding of Americans from just about every walk of life. You hear people say, “I knew from the time I was a child that I wanted to be a ______ (fill in the blank). Not me. I’ve tried just about everything out there, sometimes by choice, often from necessity. Among other things, I have worked as a farm laborer, carpenter, assembly line worker, apprentice electrician, truck driver, hospital orderly, teacher (both public school and college), military officer, dentist, and author. I have run for Congress, crashed an airplane, survived a heart attack, written five books, and been married to the same wonderful lady for 39 years. I have shared a bologna sandwich with fellow cotton-pickers while taking a brief break from our $5 per day job, and I have schmoozed with Bill Clinton during more formal meals. I even had lunch one time with Connie Kresky (Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1969). She was infinitely more interesting than Bill Clinton. That’s all I’m saying.
The point of all this rambling (you’ll get used to my rambling) is to say that no matter what kind of shoes you wear, there is a good chance that I have worn them, too. Unlike many of the ‘talking heads’ you deal with in national media outlets, who tend to talk at or even down to their listeners or readers, I am far more comfortable talking directly to my readers at any level or from whatever perspective they choose, and, if I do say so, I am uniquely qualified to do just that.
I’ll try to keep my commentary current, but during slow news weeks or times when the muse strikes me, I may throw in a little fluff to entertain you. Stuff like ‘how President Ronald Reagan put an end to a curse on the presidency that had lasted over 130 years,’ or ‘how John Wilkes Booth may have brought about an end to Prohibition in 1933.’ Stuff you probably didn’t learn in school.
Regardless of the subject, I love your comments, pro or con. Occasionally, one of you may even change my mind. At this point I am pretty illiterate when it comes to social media, but I am trying to learn. If you have comments or suggestions for future columns, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve said enough about myself. Next week I’ll move on to more important things.