I grew up with, watched, and loved television series like Andy Mayberry RFD.  One of my favorite movies was, “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” in which Don Knotts visits Coney Island and falls into the ocean off the pier, apparently drowning.  However he transforms into a fish, or rather a dolphin of sorts.  He eventually saves the Navy by identifying the submarines underneath the water by making this noise of his.  Loved it.  I loved his character no matter what he was in.  He was my kind of guy.  I think this is a tribute to any kid that was called names, teased, ridiculed, bullied, or not given much of a chance when they were younger. I call them the “Charlie Browns” of life.  I have much empathy, and therefore resonate with stories like this.  Never judge a book by its cover they say,  and I am big fan of the idea that it is the environment that you live in, work in, the people in it, that eventually help make you who you are.    When mentoring people,  it's like clay.  You work with it, and you work it.  You don’t melt it down and pour it into a mold.  You allow it to be clay.  Everyone has some potential untapped inside them.  Anything is possible.


 A true Short Bio


Let me tell you, Jesse hated this job. And you would too,

I imagine, if you had to do it.

Jesse was a chicken plucker. That's right.

He stood on a line in a chicken factory and spent his days

Pulling the feathers off dead chickens so the rest of us

Wouldn't have to.

It wasn't much of a job. But at the time,

Jesse didn't think he was much of a person.

His father was a brute of a man.
His dad was actually thought to be mentally ill

And treated Jesse rough all of his life.

Jesse's older brother wasn't much better.
He was always picking on Jesse and beating him up.

Yes, Jesse grew up in a very rough home in

West Virginia. Life was anything but easy.

And he thought life didn't hold much hope for him.
That's why he was standing in this chicken line,

Doing a job that darn few people wanted.

In addition to all the rough treatment at home, it seems

That Jesse was always sick. Sometimes it was real

Physical illness, but way too often it was all in his head.

He was a small child, skinny and meek.
That sure didn't help the situation any.

When he started to school, he was the object of every

Bully on the playground.

He was a hypochondriac of the first order.
For Jesse, tomorrow was not always something to be

Looked forward to.

But, he had dreams. He wanted to be a ventriloquist.

He found books on ventriloquism. He practiced with

Sock puppets and saved his hard earned dollars until

He could get a real ventriloquist dummy.

When he got old enough, he joined the military.

And even though many of his hypochondriac symptoms

Persisted, the military did recognize his talents and

Put him in the entertainment corp.
That was when his world changed.
He gained confidence.

He found that he had a talent for making people laugh,

And laugh so hard they often had tears in their eyes.
Yes, little Jesse had found himself.

You know, folks, the history books are full of people

Who overcame a handicap to go on and make a success

Of themselves, but Jesse is one of the few I know of

Who didn't overcome it. Instead he used his paranoia

To make a million dollars, and become one of

The best-loved characters of all time in doing it!

Yes, that little paranoid hypochondriac, who transferred

His nervousness into a successful career, still holds the

Record for the most Emmy's given in a single category.

The wonderful, gifted, talented, and nervous comedian

Who brought us

Barney Fife


Jesse Don Knotts.