I didn’t know

It is a little known fact that we rednecks do
foregather with intellectuals once in a while and
when we do it can get interesting. During a recent
visit to an intellectual friend he gave me a book.

He seemed to get upset when he told me it was
written by a ‘world famous’ writer and I claimed not
to have heard of him. The book is The Notebook of
Elbert Hubbard.

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I further frosted his tomato when I asked if said
author was a relative of L. Ron Hubbard. When you
want to see somebody turn red in a heartbeat, just
ask a stupid question.

So after leaving my friend steaming like a boiling
pot of potatoes, I decided to research this ‘world
famous’ author.

Elbert Hubbard was born on June 19, 1856 in
Bloomington, Illinois. During his life he was a
writer, publisher, artist, founder of the Roycroft
artisan community, and philosopher.

He was described as an anarchist and a socialist
who believed in social, economic, domestic,
political, mental, and spiritual freedom.

In 1913 he was convicted of, and plead guilty to,
circulating “objectionable”, or obscene, matter. He
was fined $100 and lost his publisher’s rights. Mr.
Hubbard asked William Howard Taft for a presidential
pardon and was refused. In 1915 he asked Woodrow
Wilson for a presidential pardon and received it,
obtained a passport, and left the country on
May 1, 1915.

He and his wife sailed on the RMS Lusitania and
died on May 7,1915 when the ship was torpedoed by
a German Uboat. The book I received was published
posthumously in 1927.

I think I’ll read his book.
Comments are always welcome.

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4 Responses to I didn’t know

  1. ekurie says:

    You are more open-minded than most, or that friend is a pretty good friend.

  2. gh0stpupp3t says:

    He sounds like a good writer.

  3. cruisin2 says:

    Jon Gregory,
    thanks.

    ekurie,
    I like to think I’m open-minded. At least until I get the facts, and he is indeed a good friend.

    gh0stpupp3t,
    the little I’ve read so far is interesting. We’ll let you know when we get further into the book.

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