Friday 2015-12-11

Seems we're losing the ability to present...

It was remarkable that Tom was able to talk for an hour straight, without pausing, without mistakes, grammatical or otherwise, and with a perfectly conceived factual, dramatic, and narrative arc. With excellent stories. All without notes. At the age of 94.
-- Schelling on Climate Change
On May 5, 1993, Senator Robert C. Byrd, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, initiated a series of fourteen addresses in opposition to the proposed line-item-veto concept. During the following five and a-half months, he delivered each of these speeches -- packed with names, dates, and complex narratives -- entirely from memory and without recourse even to notes or consultation with staff aides.
-- The Senate of the Roman Republic, given at age 75