When I finally got into Drama almost two years later, our first assignment was to do a sales speech. We could pick anything we wanted to sell. I thought long and hard before deciding on a frying pan. My mother had just bought a new Teflon pan. I grabbed the old one out of the trash and took the new one too. This was going to be great. I knew exactly what I was going to do.
When I did my speech, I called the new one a "Small State" pan, and the old one was, of course, a Teflon pan. I said that they both had been used an equal number of times. “As you can see, the Teflon pan is all scratched up, but the Small State pan looks brand new” (imagine that). I went on for the three minutes that I had to talk. I concluded by saying, "...so remember, you're in good pans with Small State." The class went wild with laughter; they never saw it coming. It couldn’t have gone better. That was the first time I ever got a laugh in class without disturbing it. I did it by doing my assignment. Amazing.
The next day at the beginning of class, Mr. Hester asked me to step out into the hall with him. I thought you have got to be kidding me. He’s going to get onto me for using humor in my speech.
When I got outside, Mr. Hester shut the door, so the rest of the class couldn't hear what he was saying to me. "You know I videotaped the speeches, yesterday right?" "Yes, sir," I said, waiting for him to scold me as only Hester could. But to my surprise, he told me he had played my speech for the advanced students, “and they agree with me in recommending that you pursue a career in broadcasting,”
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