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December 14, 2006
Borge vs. Rohn: A PBS rhetorical smackdown

A FO21Q (that's Friend of 21Q, for the uninitiated) passes along this story about how his mother pledged funds to public TV station Channel 6 (KVIE) and got as a gift a DVD called "The Legendary Victor Borge."

(Youngsters may not know Borge, pictured at left, but he was a classical pianist from Denmark who morphed into a comedian. He was a big hit on the radio in the 1940s and TV in the '50s, and his "performances" are a staple of PBS pledge drives.)

Anyway, our friend's mom received the DVD in the mail and, on the cover, it read, "The Legendary Victor Borge - 75 min." But when she pressed play, on came "The Jim Rohn Weekend Leadership Event 2004."
(Youngsters may not know that Rohn, pictured at right, is a motivational speaker who dubs himself "America's Foremost Business Philosopher.")

Anyway, it turns out that KVIE was very apologetic and accommodating to our friend's mom. The station promised to send her the real Borge video post haste.

We at 21Q aren't sure how many KVIE contributors got the wrong DVDs. So, as a public service, we're going to give people some soundbites from Borge and Rohn - a rhetorical mash-up, as it were.

Rohn: "Welcome greatness. It lives all around you!"

Borge: "I'd like to thank my parents for making this night possible. And my children for making it necessary."

Rohn: "Put people up, not down!"

Borge: "The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer."

Rohn: "Help others ... be winners!"

Borge: "It's your language, I'm just trying to use it... ."

Rohn: "Start an epidemic of enthusiasm!"

Borge: "When you go home, please drive home extremely carefully. Extremely carefully. Because I walk in my sleep!"

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