The soul of Whit.
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|
|Publication:||Saturday Evening Post|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2008|
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