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The Knack

In August, 2000 I got a sound file via e-mail. It sounds much better (including dramatic background music) than it reads, but in order for search engines to find this piece, here's the transcription:

Doctor: "It's worse than I feared."
Mother: "What is it?"
Doctor: "I'm afraid your son has ... the Knack."
Mother: "The knack?"
Doctor: "The Knack. It's a rare condition characterized by an extreme intuition about all things mechanical and electrical ... and utter social ineptitude."
Mother: "Can he lead a normal life?"
Doctor: "No. He'll be an engineer."
Mother: "Oh, no! [crying]"
Doctor: "There, there. Don't blame yourself."

Download "The Knack" sound file (.WAV format).

About four months after I put up this Web page, I got e-mail from Jonathan Gabrielson at UMR. He wrote:

I happened to stumble upon your webpage with 'the knack' on it. A more complete version of it is on my webpage at [cached location, 1.3 Mb].

I'm still not entirely sure where it came from, but enjoy.

(Thanks, Jon!) There was a clue in Jon's expanded clip. The boy's name is Dilbert. So I wrote to scottadams@aol.com. He sent me a polite reply within a day confirming that it's from the Dilbert TV show. The episode is titled, "The Knack."

2006-08-11 Trading links with Fred Berry.

2007-02-01 Dave Hylands, Vancouver, BC, sent me a link to the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K9lxujiuAE.

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