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From: Dick Mallard
Date: 08 Oct 2004
Time: 10:49:27 -0500
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
Russ, your article brings back memories and reminds me of strategies I currently use. I had many "friends" who teased me daily in high school, sometimes in a cruel manner. I remember those experiences like they happened only yesterday. Since graduating in 1960, we have been to four reunions. I make it a point at each reunion to talk with each of my "friends" at length with 100% speech control. They have no idea what I am doing. Many probably forgot about my speech. I eventually won the speech battle--and I continue to win at each reunion! I can't wait for the 50th. Dick Mallard PS: To be totally fair, I must admit that learning to cope with the teasing provided an unshakable foundation for learning to control my speech when I finally received help at age 22. Therefore, I look back on those days as a learning experience that paved the way for eventual success. On second thought, thanks to all my "friends!"