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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000299.txt from 2001/07

From: Neil Leupold <leupold_1@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Jumping on the Bandwagon - or jumping off....Mouthpieces and Ideals
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 23:31:45 -0400

Is this meant to be clever? What's your point?

--- rgarrett@-----.edu wrote:
> When I was a young boy, there was a boy named Pat (last name withheld) who
> always took advantage of other people's work. The work could be as
> insignificant as a discovery regarding a better way to complete a chore -
> or worse - it could be as significant as taking credit for someone else's
> ideas and honest reporting. Pat had a habit (like most good politicians!)
> of making claims that were based on speculation - jumping on the bandwagon
> when it suited his needs and backing off when the fire got too hot.
>
> Pat succeeded in politics - making it to the House of Representatives in
> Oregon before someone exposed his motives and he was relegated to starting
> over. Last I heard, he was defending himself on the east coast for
> suspicion of inappropriate behavior in his political aspirations. Go
> figure. The guy just didn't ever take a stand unless it benefited
> himself. He progressed on the coattails of others. Look where it got him.
>
> When truth and ideas are overshadowed by an unquenched motivation to make a
> profit - or, worse, to become important in other people's eyes, a person
> has to stand back and ask themselves, what is the truth? What information
> have I been given that will support that truth? What exactly is this
> person's motivation for saying what they have said?
>
> Best wishes,
> Roger Garrett
>
> Roger Garrett
> Clarinet Professor
> Director, Symphonic Winds
> Illinois Wesleyan University
> School of Music
> Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
> Phone: (309) 556-3268
> Fax: (309) 556-3121
>
> "A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes
> another's."
> Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)
>
>
>
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