Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 17, 1975 · Page 123
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August 17, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 123

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My FAVORITE jokes by howARd MANN EDlTOrs NOTE: Howard Mann, who besides entertaining in top dubs has appeared in over 300 commercials, was, in /act, making a commercial in which he played George Washington, when he got the idea to do a characterization of Washington commenting humorously on Revolutionary events. "As soon as / put on the cocked hat, the powdered wig and uniform, I fe/t / was Washington/' he says. "/ couldn't resist kissing the face on dollar bills." Mann will be touring the nation's colleges and convention halls this tall in his version of Washington. He acknowledges his debt to all the Founding Fathers for ideas for his material, especially Ben Franklin, whom he quotes in the act. "Ben's a good writer, and he works cheap," he says. Here is his fictional George Washington: When I went down to the Continental Congress in 1775,1 was the only one wearing a uniform. I wanted to be Commander in Chief. I had worked for the English, learned the business and figured it was time to open up my own country. I made Henry Knox the Major General of Artillery because he had a book on the subject Can you imagine Knox in battle at Boston? With book in hand he would tell his men: "It says you put the cannonball in here, marked A, then put a torch to the wick marked B, then hold hands over ears." We almost lost the battle of Dorchester Heights because the book was overdue at the library. · ' Paul Revere was a problem. He leaned toward the commercial. He ran around saying, "The British are coming, the British are coming--want to buy one of my pots?" · I also believed there was too much democracy among the New England troops. Officers and enlisted men were too chummy and that affected discipline. When an officer gave an order to charge a private would say, "Lieutenant, I would like to charge now but I do have to catch up on my reading and my correspondence and I'm due at a party at 7." · Some of our men were rugged individualists. Two frontiersmen enlisted with Morgan's Riflemen. .One complained: "Zeb, I don't go for this here stuff one dang bit. They give you a gun and makes you shoot people you don't even know." Second man said: "You're dang right. Let's take the guns and go home and shoot people we do know." · In the first years we had few weapons--and about 10 cartridges to a man. We had to figure out other ways to fight--insults, for example. We would cry across the lines, "Hey, Redcoat, Big Ben is 10 minutes slow," · Our nickname for the Redcoats was lobsters. When we ran out of ammunition we'd throw hot butter sauce at them. · Army food was terrible. There were signs saying, "Food is ammunition, don't waste it." 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