Shared by Ira Zimmerman, August 12, 1996
When I was in therapy at the UCLA Clinic for Stutterers, we used to go to a nearby village to practice our voluntary stuttering on the village merchants.
The aim of voluntary stuttering was to build up our tolerance and acceptance of stuttering.
I approached the box office of the local movie theater to work on my voluntary stuttering.
I said to the pretty young woman selling tickets, "I-I-I am a st-st-st-st-st-st-st-st-stutterer."
She looked me right in my eyes and said, "It's still going to cost you $3.50!!"
When I was hired to be a technical consultant on the NBC-TV series "Quantum Leap", I was paid $100/hour to work with the actors and screenwriter on portraying stuttering in a positive and clinically accurate way.
After completing my job and with 85 billable hours at $100/hour, I dropped by the Producer's office to present him with the bill and thank him for the job. He looked at the bill and told me that he learned an awful lot from me. I responded by asking him exactly what did he learn from me. The Producer leaned back in his chair, thought for a moment, took a deep puff on his cigar and said, "Ira, I've learned that hereafter when I hire a Stutterer, I won't pay him by the hour."
"Yeah, yeah, go on Billy"
He couldn't go on. I said "OK, start over".
"We got a job?" I took a shot -- "We" starts with a "w".
He shook his head negatively.
"So what is it Billy?" I pleaded.
I said "Sing it, Billy, sing it"
And clear as a bell, he sang "We were just robbed".
The object of the series "On The Lighter Side"( I have even copied the this name from the site,I hope they wont sue me) is too see the lighter side of everything,not just stammering.We,pws tend to be very serious all the time about our stutter.Why cant we see the humorous side of things.This series is intended to desensitize you about your stutter and in the end leave a smile on your face I would request anyone who remembers a humorous incident about his stutter to share with the group,just write in comments or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org,I will surely put it up on the blog.
I would be only be able to continue this series if I get some contribution from your side !!! Socome with me ON THE LIGHTER SIDE,I promise you will have fun !!!!!