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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Life's tests ... and lessons

“In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett

Author, politician, voice actor, and radio host, Tom Bodett is also well-known for his frequent guest appearances on the NPR staple “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”  Celebrating his 62nd birthday today, he was born in Illinois, grew up in the Michigan and then spent many years in Alaska before moving to Vermont.

Since 1986 he has been the spokesman for the Motel 6 hotel chain, ending commercials with the phrase, "I'm Tom Bodett for Motel 6, and we'll leave the light on for you."  

A longtime resident of Homer, Alaska, he authored several books about that area, including a Children’s adventure Williwaw! and the bestselling The End of The Road based on his popular radio show broadcast from there.  Bodett also is creator of The Loose Leaf Book Company, a radio program centered on author and book interviews, discussions, and dramatizations.  
  A “dyed in the wool optimist,” he once noted that the                           
difference between an optimist and a pessimist is that an optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh.

Optimism, he said, provides ongoing hope.  “They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”

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