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One of my Favorite Jokes

An old geezer, who had been a retired farmer for a long time, became very bored and decided to open a medical clinic.  He put a sign up outside that said:  Dr. Geezer’s clinic. “Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000.”

Doctor “Young,”    who was positive that this old geezer didn’t know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000.

So he went to Dr. Geezer’s clinic.

This is what transpired.

Dr. Young: — “Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth.” can you please help me ??

Perfect Pitch

This is a delightful experience I had many years ago in about 1956 or 1957, about two years before my High School graduation (1959). I was taking piano lessons from Professor George Fitzroy, a student of Rachmaninoff, Emeritus piano faculty at BYU.

After one of my lessons, he said that he wanted me to know that his perfect pitch was better than mine. I told him up front that I believed him and he didn’t have to prove anything. He said that he did. So he showed me three silver dollars, with different dates on them, one was an 1847 silver dollar. He said he was going to put them in a hat, shake them and while shaking them, he would lift one and listen to the difference in the sound.   He then shook them just to let me hear the sound they made. They sounded like shaking the small metal slugs found at constructions sights—I couldn’t imagine anyone could really adequately determine pitch because they sounded like noise only.

Hearing my “Interlude for Clarinet Choir” in France

In October 2001 I was privileged to be able to travel to France and participate in a rehearsal and concert with my “Interlude for Clarinet Choir” played by the Fribourg, Switzerland Clarinet Choir directed by Jean-Daniel Lugrin.

Mr. Lugrin was worried that I might want them to do certain things differently, but the played everything wonderfully. My only suggestion was to raise a dynamic level for the Eb Soprano Clarinet for several measures.