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[TowerTalk] Searching for a Whacky Story

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Searching for a Whacky Story
From: (Anthony R. Gold)
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 1997 22:18:06 +0100 BST
In message <> "Roger 
L. Elowitz" writes:

> I'm looking for a whacky story I once received about a guy who had a
> "terrible accident" on a HAM TOWER... where somehow a rope holding an
> increasingly heavy bucket of tools supported by a pulley broke loose or was
> untied and, as the bucket fell the rope snagged his leg pulling him up the
> tower etc. causing all manner of mayhem and injury on the way up as well as
> on the way down.
> This story (just for entertainment purposes, I hope) is told so
> hysterically that I simply must have this one for my humor collection
> ....although we all know these accidents are about the furthest thing from
> humorous as you can get.  The original has long since disappeared.  Any
> chance any of you run across it?

The original was a monologue in the form of a letter from the 
unfortunate to his boss explaining why he was going to be absent from 
work on account of his injuries.  I'm not sure where you can get a 
copy of this but the author and performer was Gerard Hoffnung (sp?) 
and it was not about ham radio as the wooden barrel on the other end 
of the rope from the writer contained bricks.  Perhaps someone has 
borrowed his work and re-written it for ham radio, although I doubt 
that it will be an improvement on the original subtle humour which 
was close to early Bob Newhart but much earlier.  The recording must 
be some 40 to 50 years old. Maybe try the humor section of antique 
record stores. Also call your local PBS radio station who may have it 
in their archives.

> Roger, K2JAS

Regards from a fan of Hoffnung and of Roger's repeater directories,
   Tony - G3SKR / W2TG                   email:

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