210 wpm Literary March2017

210 wpm Literary March2017



hi this is going to be 210 words per minute it's a literary and it is the 2016 speak contest that took place in Chicago ready cliffs of 2009 I would like you to stand up and wave and share your supportive family and friends I am sure you can find them out there show your love it is a great honor for me to be here today now wait a second I know that is such a cliche you are thinking every graduation speaker says that it's a great honor in my case it really is so deeply true I know being here is more special and more personal for me than any of you know I would like to tell you why a long time ago in this cold September of 1962 there was a toe up at this very University that co-op had a kitchen with a ceiling that had been cleaned by student volunteers probably every decade or so then came along a college girl named Gloria who climbed up high on a ladder and struggled to clean that filthy ceiling standing on the floor was a young man named Carl who was admiring the view and that is how my parents met I suppose you could say I am a direct result of that kitchen chemistry experiment right here at Michigan my mom is here with us today we should probably go find the spot and put a plaque on the ceiling commemorating that gay everyone in my family attended Michigan my dad actually got the quantity discount because all three and a half of his degrees were from here his PhD was in communication science because it was thought computers were just a passing fad when he earned it 44 years ago he and mom made a big sacrifice for that they argued at times over pennies watching the budget and raising my newborn brother mom also typed my dad's dissertation on a typewriter kind of ironic for a computer science dissertation this velvet hood I am wearing was my dad and this diploma was his my grandfather worked in the Chevy plant in Flint Michigan he was an assembly-line worker he drove his two children here and told them that this is where you are going to go to college I know it sounds funny now both this children did graduate from Michigan that was the American dream his daughter is also with us today my grandfather used to carry a heavy iron pipe with a hunk of leg melted on the end the workers made them during the sit-down strikes to protect themselves when I was growing up we used that hammer whenever we needed to pound a steak or something into the yard it is wonderful that most people don't need to carry a heavy blunt object for protection anymore my dad became a professor at Michigan State and I became an incredibly lucky boy a professor's life is pretty flexible he was able to spend lots of time raising me there could not be a better upbringing than a university brat what I am trying to tell you is that this is way more than just a homecoming for me it is not easy for me to express how proud I am to be here with my family and with all of you at this amazing institution that is responsible for my very existence I am thrilled for all of you and I am thrilled for your families and friends what I am also trying to tell you is that I know exactly what it feels like to be sitting in your seat listening to some old graduate give a long-winded commencement speech don't worry I will be brief I have a story about following dreams it is a story about finding a path to make those dreams real do you know what it is like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream if you don't have a pencil and pad by the bed it will be completely gone by the next morning well I had one of those dreams when I was 23 when I suddenly woke up I was thinking about downloading the whole web and just keeping the links I grabbed a pen and started writing sometimes it is important to wake up and stop dreaming I spent the middle of that night scribbling out the details and convincing myself it would work soon after I told my advisor that it would take a couple of weeks to download the web he nodded knowingly he was fully aware it would take much longer but was wise enough not to tell me the optimism of youth is often underrated amazingly I had no thought of building a search engine the idea was not even on the radar much later we happened upon a better way of rankings we made a really good search engine and Google was born five minutes

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  1. Gosh, I wish you could dictate the certification tests. I think half the reason I struggle when testing is because the voices used on the tests sound so scary.

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