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12 Speeches That Nobody Heard

Instead of one speech, tonight we offer twelve. Follow this link to Mental_Floss to read twelve speeches that were never given including Nixon’s speech prepared in case of a moon landing failure, Eisenhower’s speech if the European invasion failed and the speech JFK was to give the day he was assassinated. Follow the link and […]

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Sunday Night Speech: Super Bowl Edition

                    And this one has nothing to do with football but it is still awesome.    

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Sunday Night Speech: Live Like A Mighty River

The following post is copied directly from Letters of Note, a most excellent blog. In 1986, 23 years after the death of Sylvia Plath, celebrated poet Ted Hugheswrote the following letter to their 24-year-old son, Nicholas, and, quite beautifully, advised him to embrace his “childish self” so as to experience life to its fullest. Tragically, during a period […]

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#3 Sunday Night Speech: “This is Water,” by David Foster Wallace

Administrator’s Note: We here at TTAF are taking a break from blogging for the rest of the year. We feel that it is important that we take some time off to spend with friends and family, and also to relax a bit as the past year has been hectic for all four of us. We […]

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Sunday Night Speech: The Paradox of Choice

Anyone who’s been to a grocery store in the past twenty years has noticed a broadening of our choices. Barry Schwartz, in this TED Talk from 2005, asks whether or not all these options are actually better for us (spoiler alert: he doesn’t think they are). We tend to assume that because some choice is […]

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Sunday Night Speech: Ed Stafford Walking The Amazon

I was flipping through the channels late one night when something caught my eye.  The program was called “Walking the Amazon” and it was one of the most amazing feats I have ever seen.  In short, Ed Stafford walked from one end of the Amazon River to the other.  It took 860 days.  While I […]

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Sunday Night Speech: Eric LeGrand

Most great sports speeches are never heard by the general public. They happen in locker rooms, behind closed doors, and the only way we get to judge their effectiveness is by the performance the teams give afterward. There have, however been a few notable exceptions to this rule. Jim Valvano’s ESPY speech, for example. His […]

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Dwight Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

  Tonight’s speech comes courtesy of our 34th President, Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower. In addition to creating the Interstate Highway System and continuing the programs of the New Deal (despite being fairly conservative), Eisenhower was also a five-star general during WWII, Harry Truman’s Chief of Staff, and President of Columbia University. Ike’s 1961 farewell address is […]

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Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Speech

Being that we are in full swing with the baseball playoffs, we thought that this classic speech from Lou Gehrig would be appropriate.   Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I […]

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The Pleasure of Books by William Lyon Phelps

  The habit of reading is one of the greatest resources of mankind; and we enjoy reading books that belong to us much more than if they are borrowed. A borrowed book is like a guest in the house; it must be treated with punctiliousness, with a certain considerate formality. You must see that it […]

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