Getting Better With Every Generation

by Jamison Koehler on May 23, 2013

Less is always more when it comes to a speech. And it is usually a good idea not to forget who your audience is.

One of the best speeches I ever saw was a eulogy delivered by William Ruckelshaus. If you did not know who Ruckelshaus was before the eulogy, you could not have figured it out from what he said. He never once said a thing about himself.

But I am too critical. Other than a speech or two that went on a bit too long, the ceremony for my son’s graduation — from the engineering school at Columbia –went well. My son is pictured here with siblings and some of his cousins.  The kids are living proof that we get smarter and better-looking with every generation.

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shg May 23, 2013 at 6:45 am

Congratulations. Quite an accomplishment for your son. And for his father as well.

It’s too bad that Columbia doesn’t have guest commencement speakers, expecially since I heard Bill Ruckelshaus and Elliot Richardson were sharing a mocha frappucino at the Starbucks on 112th Street and Broadway yesterday.

Jamison Koehler May 23, 2013 at 7:37 am

Thank you. Yes, you can tell I am very proud. And no kidding about Ruckelshaus? I imagine most people at the Starbucks had no clue who they were.

chug May 25, 2013 at 5:14 am

Congratulations!

In my recent experience, college commencements are among the happiest public rituals in our culture.

And you are right – The kids are living proof that we get smarter and better-looking with every generation.

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