The Guy in the Glass|
by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934
When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
The original poem by Dale Wimbrow titled "The Guy in the Glass" was first published in the American Magazine in 1934. The magazine had asked their readers to offer an answer to a young man's question to the Editor of the magazine as to "Why he should be honest." . . .
As you can see, liberties were taken. For starters the title was changed, and then in the first line, "pelf" was changed to "self." Pelf was a word well chosen by the author. It means, according to American Heritage Dictionary, "Wealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquired." Oh so many people should know the meaning of that word! Naturally, as I live with MCS, I immediately think of all of the industry flacks who make their living denigrating the already chemically injured.
And to end the travesty of The Guy in the Glass, credit was given to -- or taken by -- one "Doc Dybbi."
I am immensely pleased to have heard from Jeff, Great-Grandson of Dale Wimbrow and as a result have been able to provide you all with the REAL poem, The Guy in the Glass by the REAL author, Dale Wimbrow.
It is wonderful that his poem has provided motivation and inspired reflection of individuals for 68 years. Thank you for posting the poem on the internet for others to see and enjoy. Please correct the ommision of Dale Wimbrow as being the author of this great poem. Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with positive or negative comments or questions. THANK YOU
And now to see how it had first appeared on EHN's site:
The Man In the Glass
When you get what you want on your struggle for self
Note: I've no idea who Doc Dybbie is/was. One of our daughters copied this out of a magazine some years back. Somehow certain folks come to mind whenever I read this -- I wonder if they ever see themselves as ultimately cheating "the man (or woman) in the glass"? (I've no idea when I first posted this plagerized version of Dale Wimbrow's The Guy in the Glass, but it was long before ENRONscandal. See ENRON Probe at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/business/specials/energy/enron/). -- barb
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