¶ 2006-04-27 21:06:00 +0000
Although I didnʼt know it, in the summer of 1999 I began writing for this website. I had set up my very first email address not long before then, and I was a bored high school student between semesters. I thought Dave Barry had the best job in the world: write something funny once a week. So I invented a weekly column called Turtleʼs Thoughts and emailed funny little essays I wrote to most of my extended family – the ones with email addresses, anyway.
As part of the joke, I included a mock “legal disclaimer” at the end of each email. I would change and add to the disclaimer each week. For example,
Any person wishing to reproduce this article must have a dang good reason and must say, “Pretty please with a cherry on top!”
After a few weeks, I began to employ inappropriate comments and insults in the name of humor. I didnʼt think much before I wrote and I didnʼt understand what good humor was. Thankfully, a kind reader stepped in and taught me some things about appropriate humor, writing, life and myself.
My grandfather wrote me, and without criticism showed me where I had gone wrong. He suggested that instead of shunning responsibility with a legal disclaimer, I make my motivations clear with a mission statement.
My grandfather was a man that always lived with a purpose. In everything he did he worked towards a worthy goal. He raised an amazing, loving family; researched lifetimes worth of genealogy; saved countless lives in the service of his country; and had the time to teach an important lesson to me, one of his 43 grandchildren.
In memory of Calvin W. Jackson
8 Jan 1925 ~ 27 Apr 2006