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The Lyric Theatre--A Look Back at the Beginnings

The Root of All Evil

Call Henry, the deacon, and get me Pa Perkins;
Get Landon, and Chester (I know they're not workin').
Let's settle all matters now held in abeyance.
The root of all evil is lack of coherence!

Now what are the points that need to be settled?
Interior door frames I think should be metal;
Where doors will have closers, allow proper clearance.
The root of all evil is lack of coherence!

Don't try to out-guess me; I'll talk about doors,
Tile wainscots, and blackboards, and ceilings and floors,
Of structure design and of ouward appearance.
The root of all evil is lack of coherence!

Don't all speak at once! (I have talked with the owner).
It's foolish to work yourself into a corner.
Let me do the talking with no interference;
The root of all evil is lack of coherence!!

C. D. (Longfellow) S.
Poetic license No. l15,579
(My commission expires Jan. 1, 1999)

From the files of Smithey-Boynton in Special Collections, University Libraries.
Cinema Trivia

Sixties icon Marianne Faithful was the first to breach the ultimate language barrer in pix when she uttered the dreaded F-word in Michael WInner's 1968 production I'll Never Forget Whatshisname. But the film with the doubtful distinction of overusing the most overused four-letter word the most times is Brian De Palma's 1984 Scarface, starring Al Pacino and wide-eyed ingenue Michelle Pfeiffer, in which it is spoken 206 average of once every twnety-nine seconds.
from The Book of Lists: The 90s Edition by David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace (Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1993).
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