Over 25 years ago I sat in a crowded hotel conference center in Raleigh ,NC and listened to then FCC chairman Mark Fowler say that line: "a Word is worth a thousand pictures." I've used it
more than once in the classroom, from the podium and on the platform, and repeated it to myself while writing a speech. He was referring to Radio-it was a radio convention...and I couldn't agree more that words are more influential today than ever before and not just in the broadcast arena. I love books-I try to read 5 a month ( it drives my wife crazy), I love the English language-the correct use of grammar- and the POWER of the spoken word. I'm a word geek.... the feel of PAPER books........ a big heavy real dictionary. I didn't learn about http://www.dictionary.com/ until 2 years ago...sometimes I use it. I like stuff I can scribble notes in and on....I have more highlighters than any 8th grader. Ask anyone who knows me.....about my big Bag-o-Pens just for magazines and books 'n stuff. The right word makes people light up, smile, remember....create their own picture....that's why they have a brain.....don't get me wrong....I love photography ....but a good book can take you anywhere anytime...a picture ends at the frame. Your mind has no limits. A good speech...even BETTER ! One of the most enjoyable things I used to do was read to young kids during READ
ACROSS AMERICA in local schools. Now we have a 3 & 6 year old that my wife and I read to often.
It's cool when our sons quote a line from a character in a book they've heard...and just as rewarding when an audience is touched by a presentation.
The POWER of words . it's a shame to waste it
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