“…..As a boy, Jessee was a ‘chicken-plucker’…..”

JESSE THE CHICKEN PLUCKER:  As a boy, Jesse was a chicken-plucker.  He stood on a line in a chicken factory and spent his days pulling the feathers off dead chickens so the rest of us wouldn’t have to.  Not much of a job; but at the time, Jesse didn’t think he was much of a person.  His father was a brute of a man, and was thought to be mentally ill, and treated Jesse rough all of his life.  Jesse’s older brother wasn’t much better.  He was always picking on Jesse and beating him up.  Jesse grew up in a very rough home in West Virginia.  Life was not easy; and he thought life didn’t hold much promise.  In addition to all the rough treatment at home, it seems that Jesse was always sick.  Sometimes it was real illness, but too often it was all in his head.  He was a small child, skinny and
meek; which didn’t help the situation any.  When he started to school, he was folly for every bully on the playground.  He was a hypochondriac of the first order.  For Jesse, tomorrow was not something he looked forward to… still, he had dreams.  He wanted to be a ventriloquist.  He found books on ventriloquism, and practiced with sock puppets.  He saved his hard-earned dollars until he could get a real ventriloquist dummy.  Upon coming of age, he joined the military; and though many of his hypochondriac symptoms persisted, the military did recognize his talents and put him in the entertainment corps; which is when his world changed.  He gained confidence, and found that he had a talent for making people laugh; often so hard, they had tears in their eyes.  Yes, little Jesse “discovered” himself.  You know… the history books are full of people who overcame a handicap to go on and make a success of

themselves; but Jesse is one of the few who didn’t overcome it. Instead; he used his paranoia to make millions of dollars, and become one of the best-loved characters of all time in the process.  Yes, that little paranoid hypochondriac, who transferred his nervousness into a successful career, still holds the record for the most Emmy’s given in a single category.  The wonderful, gifted, talented, and nervous comedian who brought us Barney Fife (The Andy Griffith Show) was “Jesse” Donald Knotts.  Now you know, “THE REST OF THE STORY.” Jesse Donald ‘Don’ Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006).  There is a street named for him, and there is a statue of him, in Morgantown, West Virginia, his place of birth.  Psalm 103:13-14 – As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust. …Blessings…cjlb…2/7/14

(Basic story by Paul Harvey, but edited for my use, and for YOUR enjoyment)….cjlb

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About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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