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Parents, Take Heart

Susan Notes: A lesson for parents. . . and teachers who can still hear. This snippet from the New York Times obituary/tribute to Johnny Carson illustrates the importance of parents believing in their children.

Parents, take heart: this counts for far more than any Standardista decree.

Johnny [Carson] decided he would be known as “The Great Carsoni” and that is precisely what his mother embroidered on a black cloth that he draped on a magician’s worktable she gave him when he turned 13. He used it when he made his professional debut, at age 14, before the Norfolk Rotary Club, a successful performance, for which he earned $3.

— Richard Severo
New York Times


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