Tuesday, February 24, 1998 at 12:41:42

Having attended an elementary school in the 1950's with a "Major Work" program which emphasized good speech, I am appalled at the way U.S. athletes talk in television interviews.  Usually about once every five seconds, they insert an "um", a "ya' know", or an unnecessary "and", or they repeat a word.  These people are supposed to be national heroes!

- DR

I regret that I was never able to take a good speech course.  My speech is still littered with filled pauses.  But, I'm working on it.  I understand how you feel about many athletes.  Actually, though, I do not really expect them to be fluent speakers.  They are accomplished athletes, not public speakers.

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