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Ed Stout

I am a lawyer, but that doesn’t necessarily make me a bad person.


I haven’t always been a lawyer. At various times in my life, I’ve been someone who:

 Tried to dance like James Brown
 Taught school for six years
 Hopped a freight train in college
 Was a child of the 50s who spent countless hours in front of a black and white television, “Meeska, Mooska, Mousketeer, …;” “Born on a mountain top in Tennessee … “
 Once loved the Cincinnati Redlegs but has since changed allegiance to the Atlanta Braves
 Has hiked the High Line Trail in Glacier National Park
 Has seen Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Tony Bennett, Robert Earl Keen, Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, James Brown, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Linda Ronstadt, Sam Bush, The Byrds, Roy Orbison, and Ray Charles in concert.
 Is very proud of his family, especially his grandson
 Won the ciphering championship in Mrs. Harshbarger’s 4th grade class, West Milton, Ohio. Don’t laugh-it was my sole academic award until I got to college.
 Coached youth baseball for 20 years
 Has never been snow skiing
 Is generally familiar with the products of this site’s benevolent sponsors
 Was a terrible student at Fairview High School but who turned out to be a pretty good college student and an even better law student
 Went to Abraham Lincoln’s house on his 200th birthday
 In high school waffled back and forth between Canoe and English Leather
 Operated a freight elevator at Rikes’ Department Store
 Now believes Oswald killed JFK, but is still not 100% sure he acted alone
 Got very lucky in marriage
 Cried when Ole Yeller died and will sometimes tear up at the end of Field of Dreams
 Was born on Flag Day, which may explain my keen sense of patriotism

In my opinion, mine, like George Bailey’s, has been a wonderful life.














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