posted on Sep, 13 2020 @ 12:16 PM
Hmmm, that's a tough one because I was part of the gifted program so I got access to all kinds of things most kids didn't. By the time I was in high
school, our gifted program coordinator gave us the chance to go to the lecture series at the nearby universities, and she used to choose the ones she
thought would be most engaging.
I some some really good ones. I saw Arthur Ashe, Doctor Red Duke, Maya Angelou, Bart Conner, Larry McMurtry, and others. I had some interesting
experiences like the time we saw a guy give a take on racial issues. We were, no joke, the only white people in the audience which was full of angry
blacks. There was a full security presence there, and they were full-on mad at the guy on stage! I remember vividly he told them - "Back to Africa!
I've been to Africa ... You wouldn't know the first thing about living a life there!" Basically telling them they were full of it. I think our program
director was second guessing her choice on that one.
But I think the worst one was some guy whose name I cannot recall. He was so boring that in the end we counted how many times he said "um" because his
delivery was that bad. I don't even remember his name or what he was taking about, only that we were well over 100 "um" on the count before he was
finally done, and "Sarge" (our nickname for our program director - she was a tiny, petite little gal and most of us were pretty tall) actually
apologized for how bad it was.