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May 1, 2001

Here’s a little test for you and your internet friends, courtesy one of my e-mail correspondents. Read the following sentence:

Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.

Now count the letter f’s in that sentence. Count only once; don’t go back a second time. How many are there? Don’t cheat and go back. Scroll down for the answer

ANSWER: There are six f’s in the sentence. A person of average intelligence finds three of them. If you spotted four, you’re above average. If you got five, you can turn your nose up at most anybody. If you caught six, you are a genius. There is no catch. Many people forget the “OF’s.” Pretty weird, eh? Pass this on to anyone you feel would enjoy it. (Don’t ask how many I counted the first time.)

Former Perryan Eddie Diebold, now of Ponca City, sends me a few clippings from The Tulsa World that should be interesting to many of you. One is a letter to the editor from another former Perry boy, Wayne Swearingen, a former Journal advertising salesman who made the big time in the oil industry at Tulsa. His letter touched on the folly of the “Left Coast” environmental and cultural advocates who are blaming political leaders and utility managers for the California energy crisis. He also advises a long-term objective for Oklahoma’s deregulation as we live and learn from the mistakes of others. Wayne recently addressed the Perry Rotary club on this subject.

One of the other clippings also was a letter to the editor of The World signed by Rex Duncan of Sand Springs, son of Myrna Moore and the late Bob Duncan. Rex, who maintains a law office in Perry and practices here, expressed concern about the new Army Chief of Staff’s decision to adopt new headgear for the U.S. Army. In June, all regular Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers are to begin wearing black berets, which once were the identifying symbols of the Army Rangers. Many friends of the Army, including Rex, see this new policy as demeaning to the Rangers.

The third clipping in Eddie’s message is about a man who appears to be a double for the late Paul W. Cress, the Perry attorney and jurist who died a few years ago. The man’s name is Dr. Clyde Snow, and he is a pioneer in forensic law, biological anthropology, and human rights. His picture accompanying the article shows him in a very Paul Cress mode, with a pipe in his mouth, a snap-brim hat tilted jauntily on his head, a necktie loose at the unbuttoned collar, and a sly look in his eye. He does indeed look just the way we used to see Paul Cress hundreds of times. All the clippings were interesting and I appreciate receiving them from Eddie Diebold.