Two Truths and an Outright Lie

  1. In winning a gold medal at the 1967 Junior High School Track and Field City Championships, I was once considered the fastest quarter miler in New York City for my age group.
  2. Lionel Richie is long-time friend, and I was with him when he was writing “Three Times A Lady” for the Commodores in the late 1970s.  My own misfortunes were partly the catalyst for the lyrics of that song.
  3. I have an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army although I have never served a day of active duty.

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Comment by Rita Shibr on November 27, 2012 at 7:20am

Hmmm, you want me to say two.. but  I am going with three Harp. I never heard about you being in the service, I do remember a photo of your father being a runner. I am trying to think where you grew up, I remember the house photo.. Lionel is from Alabama (google my friend)... Ok. I am going with three is the lie! 

Comment by Harp on November 27, 2012 at 7:31am

Actually I first visited Tuskeegee through my fraternal organization, where my Hampton chapter often visited theirs and vice versa.  

Anyway, I will come clean just prior to posting my next addition to my blog.   Such fun.   Thanks Rita.

Comment by Harp on November 27, 2012 at 7:36am

Hi Veronica. Who would have thought that such statements would bring forth such wonderful compliments.   (Blush)   Thank you.   Stay tuned.  This is the stuff of future posts I'd never considered.  

Comment by Boanerges on November 27, 2012 at 7:52am

Going with No. 3, because I'm not sure it's possible to be discharged under such a circumstance. On the other hand, what do I know about the military?

Comment by Matt Paust on November 27, 2012 at 8:04am

I'm going with two, Harp.  If you were in junior high in '67, you'd have been too young to inspire "Three Times a Lady" three  years later -- unless you were a very experienced high school kid.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on November 27, 2012 at 8:07am

#3... I suppose it's possible that it's true... stranger things have happened in the US military such as George Armstrong Custer's  promotions from a lowly Lieutenant to the rank of Major General during the Civil War... but I'm still dubious.

Comment by Emily Conyngham on November 27, 2012 at 8:33am

Number One is a lie.

Comment by Harp on November 27, 2012 at 8:58am

Boanerges... the military is certainly a piece of work isn't it?   

Matt...   Late 1970s, and even though I had more than a little experience in high school, it wouldn't have been quite that early.  

JMac...  you went all the way back to Custer for an analogy????  Wow!!!   I promise all will be explained... or confessed.

Emily...  Could be... although  I was pretty svelte back  in the day.   I had 'em lookin'.   

My thanks to all.   This is fun.

Comment by Anna Herrington on November 27, 2012 at 9:10am

Hmmm. Just getting to know you, so, any of these seem plausible...

They're all true!

If not, then #3.

#1 has a lovely note of pride in it and with #2 I just like the thought of you and Lionel Ritchie being close enough friends that the song I warbled for years is partly due to your romantic escapades.

#3 is odd enough to be true as well...

These choices I am most curious about  : )

Comment by Harp on November 27, 2012 at 9:20am

Just Thinking.....   I like you.   I deliberated over these... so I apparently chose well.  Thank you.


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