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#347994 - 12/13/10 04:40 PM Who Is This Mystery Person?
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA


Let me tell you,
Jesse hated this job. And you would too, I imagine, if
you had to do it. Jesse was a chicken plucker. That's right.

He stood on a line in a chicken factory and spent his days pulling the feathers off dead chickens so the rest of us wouldn't have to. It wasn't much of a job.

But at the time, Jesse didn't think he was much of a person.
His father was a brute of a man.
His dad was actually thought to be mentally ill and
treated Jesse rough all of his life.

Jesse's older brother wasn't much better.
He was always picking on Jesse and beating him up.
Yes, Jesse grew up in a very rough home in West Virginia .
Life was anything but easy.
And he thought life didn't hold much hope for him.
That's why he was standing in this chicken line, doing a job that darn few people wanted.

But he was a plucky guy!!

In addition to all the rough treatment at home,
it seems that Jesse was always sick.
Sometimes it was real physical illness,
but way too often it was all in his head.
He was a small child, skinny and meek.
That sure didn't help the situation any.

When he started to school,
he was the object of every bully on the playground.

He was a hypochondriac of the first order.
For Jesse,
tomorrow was not always something to be looked forward to.
But, he had dreams.
He wanted to be a ventriloquist.
He found books on ventriloquism.
He practiced with sock puppets and saved his hard earned dollars until he
could get a real ventriloquist dummy.

When he got old enough, he joined the military.
And even though many of his hypochondriac symptoms persisted, the military recognized his talents
and put him in the entertainment corp.
That was when his world changed.
He gained confidence.
He found that he had a talent for making people laugh,
and laugh so hard
they often had tears in their eyes.
Jesse had found a niche for himself.

You know, folks, the history books are full of people who overcame a handicap to go on and make a success of themselves, and Jesse is one of
the few I know of who didn't overcome it.
Instead he used his fears to motivate himself
to make a million dollars, and become one of
the best-loved characters of all time in doing it!

Yes, that little scared boy,
who transferred his nervousness
into a successful career,
still holds the record for the most Emmy's given
in a single category.

The wonderful, gifted, talented,
and nervous comedian who brought us

Barney Fife


Jesse Don Knotts.


Moral of the story:
Live simply, love generously, care deeply,
speak kindly and trust in our GOD who loves us.

From pufferfish's e-mail in bag.

Edited by pufferfish (12/13/10 04:43 PM)

#348026 - 12/13/10 11:31 PM Re: Who Is This Mystery Person? [Re: pufferfish]
petercorbett Offline

Registered: 07/27/08
Posts: 2509
Hi, my brother,

Wow, you are right, I didn't know this.

But, he left his mark in this world. A smile & laugh.

There is hope, my brothers. Hope for you, hope for me & hope for our brothers here.

Thanks, Allen my brother for sharing this.

Heal well, my brother (((Allen))), heal well.

"I will take that lost boys hand, and i will lead him from the depths of darkness, into the sunshine, for ever." As he is me.


Working Boys' Home 10-14 yrs old, grades 5-8. 1949-1953
A very humble alumni of the WOR Dahlonega, GA.
May 15-17 2009, Alta, Sep. 2009. Sequoia, 2010.
Hope Springs, 2010.

#348314 - 12/16/10 06:33 PM Re: Who Is This Mystery Person? [Re: petercorbett]
fhorns Offline

Registered: 08/10/02
Posts: 706
That's beautiful Allen. Thanks for posting this.


#348315 - 12/16/10 07:26 PM Re: Who Is This Mystery Person? [Re: fhorns]
ACRoberts Offline

Registered: 08/07/10
Posts: 242
Loc: New Jersey (recently moved fro...
Thanks for posting this--it makes all the wonderful memories of watching the show when I was a kid wishing to escape into the perfect world of Barney, Andy, Aunt Bee and Opie even more meaningful.

WOR Sequoia 2011--it has changed my life!

#348318 - 12/16/10 08:08 PM Re: Who Is This Mystery Person? [Re: ACRoberts]
Avery46 Offline

Registered: 09/23/10
Posts: 1243
Loc: USA
The Andy Griffith show was my favorite TV series as a boy.

Barney Fife was so funny. I was a little guy at the time so only really understood Opie. I have to watch more of the AG show.


aka DJsport


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