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The soul of Whit.

In the 1970s, when Whit Perry worked at the Holiday Inn headquarters in Memphis, he had occasion to write a speech for Kemmons Wilson, legendary founder of the hotel chain.

After laboring over the "long, tortured speech" as Whit called it, he accompanied Wilson to Texas to hear him deliver his remarks at a meeting of the American Heart Fund.

On the plane, Whit told him this joke.

"A little boy asked a man who was smoking what he was doing. 'I'm smoking,' said the man. 'No, you're not,' said the boy. 'The cigarette is smoking; you're just the sucker!'"

Whit said Kemmons' entire speech consisted of that joke, with him and his son allegedly engaged in the dialogue.

He got a standing ovation and sat down.
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Title Annotation:POST SCRIPTS; Whit Perry's joke for Kemmons Wilson
Author:O'Roark, Jerry
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2008
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