Talking Heads

By: Vince Marini (Moorings)

Rodney Dangerfield born, Jacob Rodney Cohen on Nov. 22, 1921 in Deer Park, Long Island was the son of Jewish parents, the vaudevillian performer Phil Roy Cohen and Dotty Titelman. Rodney, who left us on Oct. 5, 2004, for the big stage in the sky, was an American stand-up comedian and actor known for his catch phrase, “I don’t get no respect” and his monologue on that theme. His 1980 comedy album, “No Respect,” won a Grammy Award.

If Rodney lived in Aberdeen, there are times he might consider changing his catch phrase to “They don’t show no respect”. The “they” he would be referring to, are the “talking heads.”

I think he’d be talking about the few folks who cannot control the opening and closing of their mouths when someone else is speaking from the Bully Pulpit; whether it be the President of the Board of Directors, a member of the Board, the president of the POA, a member of the POA, the president or Chairperson of a Club or the Leader of a band, or anyone, who at that time, should have the complete attention of the audience, he or she is addressing.

We are referring to being “QUIET” for 10 or 15 minutes, when information being communicated is significant, important or interesting. We suggest “talking heads” show RESPECT for the person talking to them, and the folks who are trying to listen.