For the comedy segment, Johnny talks about some very unpleasant jobs, such as working at a blast furnace, rendering plant or munitions factory; Ed recalls that his first job was as a plumber's assistant, as all his uncles were plumbers, and mentions the unpleasantness of crawling under buildings for repairs after weekend lodge parties. Then Johnny reads some other similarly unpleasant jobs that are less well-known, which the audience finds less entertaining than the descriptions of the real jobs. Johnny then talks by remote to Floyd Jackson, the NBC shoeshine man since 1948, at his stand out in the hallway. He talks about his 63-year career, all as a shoeshine man, which began in Bryan, Texas. He has met many celebrities, including Howard Hughes, Richard Nixon, Ted Kennedy and Wilt Chamberlain, and notes that Frank Sinatra was the best tipper. Jackson also appeared as a contestant on Truth or Consequences, and has just written a booklet about his experiences. Roscoe Tanner talks about...
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[on President Carter's reported elocution lessons
He has Jimmy practice speaking with a mouthful of marbles. And after each sentence, he removes a marble. And when Jimmy's lost all his marbles, he's ready to address the nation.
Written by Paul Anka
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