Never Got a Dinner

Thoughts from Mark "Hat" Rackley

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

–          Revelation 3:20

“You’ve no idea how good an old joke sounds when you take it out again after a rest of five or six hundred years.”

–          C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle

Red Buttons had a comedy routine, usually at Friar’s Club Roasts, where the punch line was “never got a dinner.”  The jokes were not 600 years old, but they were funny.  For example, “Dean Martin’s great-great-uncle, Ebenezer Martin, who said to Eli Whitney, ‘I see the cotton, but where’s the gin?’ Never got a dinner!”  His point was that this person who ‘accomplished something’ never got a dinner, so why are we honoring our honored guest?   The implication that their accomplishments are less is…

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