Tumbleweed Smith

My wife and I attended a 3-day history conference in Austin recently and it was without a doubt the most boring 3 days I have ever spent, except for maybe the last 3 days I was in the Army. The event started Friday morning at the LBJ Library. Four speakers were on the program and they each had 25 minutes. No break in between. They all exceeded their time limits and they all read their speeches. I wouldn't call them speeches. I would call them readings. The speakers never looked at the audience, never looked up from the pages in front of them. No jokes, no introductory remarks. They all went to the podium and read. We could have been listening to a recording . The speakers were extremely well educated, most of them with doctorates. They had exceptional credentials as authors and professors and were well known authorities in their fields. They should know better.


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