"Elevator Pitch" Post Deleted

I sincerely apologize for the crude and offensive "Elevator Pitch" post I put online last week.  In the clear light of morning, it is clear that it was anti-Semitic and repellent.  I want to thank all the people who commented and called me about it; I listened and took what you said to heart.

I have deleted the post.  It was a mistake to repeat a crude joke that I heard in rural Illinois, and I should have known better. It was a worse mistake to say it was the "best" of its kind, when actually it was hideous.

The post offended people I admire and hold near. I certainly don't espouse the kind of thinking behind the obnoxious "elevator pitch" and don't want anyone to think I do. A friend called me, recounting how he heard a Holocaust survivor describe being evaluated by Dr. Mengele in a concentration camp, but was fortunate to be passed over.  I was horrified and immediately deleted the blog post.  A member of my own family was captured in the Second World War and imprisoned in a Russian concentration camp until the 1950s, and there was nothing funny about it.

I regret I didn't delete it sooner, and should have had the good sense not to put it online in the first place.

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Steve Imparl - November 18, 2008 2:33 AM


I admire the way you have handled this matter by deleting the original blog entry. You have explained that you made a mistake in choosing to write the post in the first place. We all make mistakes. If we're willing to look deeply, I think all of us, including your critics, can learn a lot from this experience.

Dave Freedman - November 18, 2008 10:40 AM

That was a graceful apology, Larry. I felt your remorse and humility. Dave Freedman

Dave Freedman - November 18, 2008 10:42 AM

That was a graceful apology, Larry. I felt your remorse and humility. Dave Freedman

Ken - November 18, 2008 2:21 PM


Thank you for having the integrity to write this post. Have a great day


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